Experts seeks more support for albinos in Nigeria

In commemoration of the 5th International Albinism Awareness Day organised by The Albino Network Association in Lagos on June 15, experts from various fields have called for more support for people living with the condition in the country.

The event, which saw various speakers including health practitioners present different papers urging government and members of the public to treat albinos better by according them their due human rights, further called for stiffer sanctions for all those, who try to dehumanise and discriminate against persons in this category.

Chairman of TANA in Lagos, Jaiyeola Fatungase, in his own submission, said that like every segment of the society, albinos deserves to be given a fair chance at every instance.

He said, “We want to implore government, through the health ministry, to provide basic necessities for people living with albinism.

“In addition, public enlightenment is necessary so that the level of stigmatisation can be reduced to the minimum.”

Also speaking at the event, Chief Clinical Psychologist, Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Francis Akinkunmi, said that all forms of mental and psychological support must be given to albinos and other categories of people, who often suffer emotional abuse from members of the public.

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