Scores Ill As Caterpillars Attack Luweero

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In short
A report from Kibengo Health Centre III in Kikyusa sub county reveals that 20 people have been treated of whitlow infection which they acquired after they were stung by caterpillars between July 3rd and July 27th this year.

Scores of people in Luweero district are battling with infections after they were stung by caterpillars.
 
Recently the black spine and green caterpillars attacked farm gardens in Luweero especially in the sub counties of Nyimbwa, Luweero, Makulubita, Kikyusa and Butuntumula.
 
Abubaker Ssematimba the Local Council 3 Chairperson of Kikyusa sub county explains that the black spine caterpillars sting the farmers in gardens whereas others move in small groups into homes where they attack the people.
 
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A report from Kibengo Health Centre III in Kikyusa sub county reveals that 20 people have been treated of whitlow infection which they acquired after they were stung by caterpillars between July 3rd and July 27th this year.
 
Juliet Ndagire, a health worker who was found working on patients stung by caterpillars explained that they treat them with antibiotics and pain killers.  Ndagire says that all the patients have responded well to the drugs.
 
Francis Lukkusa, a resident of Katabi village in Kikyusa has spent two weeks treating an whitlow. He is currently receiving treatment from Kibengo Health Center III
 
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It is also reported that several other patients use traditional herbs and paraffin to treat the infection.
 
Ibrahim Walulya, Kenneth Kawanguzi, Teopista Nanengo and Moses Katabira of Kayonza village in Kikyusa narrated to URN how they were affected by the caterpillars.
 
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Editor Nakimuli, another resident of Kayonza village says that several people spend hours daily fighting caterpillars.
 
Haruna Kasirye, the Luweero District Agriculture Officer confirms the attack of black spine caterpillars on human beings. He explains that even the green tailed caterpillars are causing destruction to crops.
 
Kasirye says that the caterpillars have been reported to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries which has promised to donate pesticides to the district.
 
He however asks the residents to be vigilant and spray as they wait for government intervention.
 
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Henry Lule, the Luweero District Senior Entomology Officer, attributes the caterpillar attacks on climate change and asks farmers to conserve the environment.
 
This comes at a time farmers in the area are still struggling to contain the spread of the destructive army worm that destroys crops such as maize. 

 

About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.