President, Albino Foundation in Nigeria, Mr Jakes Epelle has advised albinos not to be deterred by stigmatisation in order to contribute their quotas to the development of the country.
Mr Epelle, who gave the advice at the weekend on a programme on NTA monitored by our correspondent in Akure, lamented the rate at which albinos are being treated with disdain by members of the public.
According to him, the difference in the skin colour has nothing with the capacity of the albino whom he said is equally created by God.
He said the condition was not a disease but one characterised by some daunting but surmountable challenges, adding that albinos are complete human beings who can do what others are doing if given enabling environmental support.
While appealing to the federal government to offset the debt incurred from the cancer-free treatment by the National Hospital in Abuja for his members, Epelle charged the federal and state governments to accord albinos due recognition.
According to him, until parents of children with albinism show love and care for such children, the albinos will continue to lose confidence and faith in themselves.
He advised albinos to always avoid scotching sun so as
not to sustain skin burn which can develop into skin cancer, which he said is the major health challenge facing them.
Due to their bad sights, he appealed to the federal government to consider albino students by establishing special schools for them as he observed that they are slow in answering questions during examinations.