Albino Association Wants Law To Protect MembersÂ Â
The Albino Foundation in Nigeria has called for legislation to exempt young Albinos in schools from manual labour that exposes them to the sun. The President of the foundation, Mr. Jake Epelle disclosed this when he led other members on a courtesy call on the management of THISDAY newspaper at the corporate office. The legislation would also protect students with albinism in the classrooms by allowing them copy directly from teachers’ notes rather than from blackboards because of their low vision impairment.
The foundation also revealed plans to commence a public service driven campaign to reduce the risks of skin cancer in albinos. The campaign according to Epelle will be tagged, Sun-Shade campaign and would educate and enlighten albinos and their families about the dangers of over exposure to direct sunlight. He advised albinos to seek medical advice whenever they notice patches on their skin to ensure its not cancer prone. He frowned at the attitude of members of the public to albinos and the stigma attached to albinism and called on the management of the paper to partner with them to help demystify the myth surrounding albinism….