Ahead of the second edition, International Albinism Awareness Day in Nigeria, founder of Albino Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Jake Epelle, has pleaded with the federal government to off-set the N120 million cost of importing 300,000 pieces of sunscreen cream for albinos.
Epelle, who made this plea at a press briefing to mark the World Albinos Day, explained that the sunscreen consignment is already in the country, but the foundation cannot receive it until N120 million is paid.
He said the cream is meant to prevent skin cancer in People with Albinism, PWA, adding that it will eventually be given out free to babies, children and students before being given to adults.
Epelle said this year’s focus of celebration in Nigeria which has as theme, ‘’ Addressing Health Issues in Albinism: The Need for Stakeholders Intervention’’ was apt because of the increase in the number of deaths due to skin cancer.
Recalling some of the challenges albinos face in the country, he said ‘’with the free skin cancer treatment at the National Hospital still on hold, it has become undeniably important to explore other intervention strategies whilst dialoguing with government and other stakeholders on how to resume free treatment of skin cancer for PWA not just at the National Hospital, Abuja, but in other federal or state owned hospitals.
‘’Paying off the outstanding bill of N60 million accumulated as a result of free treatment of skin cancer for our members at the National Hospital is also a responsibility that we at the foundation cannot shy away from.’’
Epelle said the foundation is exploring other ways of proffering solutions to albinos, especially on clinical ways of managing low vision in people with albinism.
Epelle condemned the widespread discrimination, stigmatisation, dehumanisation and killing of people with albinism in Africa and around the world.

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