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World Albinsm Day: Anambra assures intervention on skin cancer

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CHAIRMAN and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra State Disability Rights Commission, Chuks Ezewuzie has stated  the government’s preparedness to  promptly intervene in the plight of persons with albinism in fighting skin cancer.

  Speaking to persons with albinism in Anambra State on the occasion of this year’s Albinsm Awareness Day celebration, organised by Anambra State Albinism Association, held during the weekend at Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.

  Ezewuzie, while  reacting to the theme ‘United in Making Our Voice Heard,’ encouraged them to  start being vocal  through individual awareness campaign to people in their local areas to help change myths and misconception about albinism issues.

  “People need to be educated on matters related to albinism especially parents. A lot of parents don’t know the role to play in taking care of children with albinism.

  “Cancer cut people’s lives short but if you can avoid the sun ray and live a healthy life style by avoiding those things that trigger cancer cells, then you can live long and happy.”

  Ezewuzie assured them that the Anambra State Disability Rights Law is ever ready to intervene to any complain about discrimination against them because of their skin colour.

  He further advised members of the albinism community in the state to always ‘Say something when they see something’ by bringing any of their complains to Anambra State Disability Rights Commission, as necessary actions will be taken to bring justice to victims.

  In her contributions, former Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa, Uche Ajulu charged Anambra State Albinism Association to take their awareness campaigns to Ministries of Health, Education and other relevant agencies both at state and federal levels, advocating for rights of PWAs in the state.

  It will be recalled on June 5, 2021, some persons with albinism came together to form Anambra State Albinism Association and it is a recognised cluster with Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Anambra State Chapter .

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