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Got stubborn wounds? Cure them with creepy maggots

Christopher Kibiwott treats Edward Ndirangu’s wound at his home in Mlolongo. [Beverlyne Musili, Standard]


An old remedy used during the First World War has made a come-back to treat stubborn, slow-healing wounds. Medicinal maggots are now acceptable in Kenya as a simple, affordable and effective method to promote healing of problematic wounds.

Known as Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT), live disinfected maggots are placed on the wound with a dressing for up to 48 hours to enable them eat away the dead tissue hence encourage growth of new skin.

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