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Persons living with Albinism appeal for free cancer treatments

Posted by on June 21, 2022 0

People living with Albinism have appealed to state and federal governments to avail them of free skin cancer treatments and not discriminate against them.

National President of the Albinism Association of Nigeria, Jake Epelle spoke on behalf of others on Tuesday in Calabar, expressing worry that response to their plight has not been very encouraging over the years.

“We call on state and federal governments, well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to assist us who are easily at increased risk of developing skin cancer as early as the teenage years, Epelle appealed.”

He said over the years there has been less attention to their plight even though they have been very civil in the pursuit of the agreement which the Federal Government signed with them.

“Our needs are not more than the needs of others, they include free treatment of skin cancer, good education, non-discrimination, social and financial inclusion,” he said.

At least 1 in 1,000 people in Nigeria live with albinism, a skin condition caused by the absence of melanin in the human system.

Also speaking, Cross River Coordinator, Bassey Mbang lamented the non-recognition by the government, saying it might be because their voices in the state have been very low.

Mbang said life has been difficult for people with albinism as they are easily exposed to the risk of skin cancer.

“In Cross River, we have about 800 persons with albinism scattered all over the state and the challenge is gathering everyone together because it is capital intensive.

“So, because of lack of unity, we cannot create the needed awareness for people with albinism to help them know how to manage the condition.

“Right now, we have nine persons suffering from skin cancer, so, we are using this opportunity to appeal for help.

The group called for the reactivation of the cancer treatment programme by the Federal Government for persons with albinism.

Persons living with Albinism appeal for free cancer treatments

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