Anambra State Disability Rights Commission promises government intervention on skin cancer as World Albinism Day is celebrated.
Awka, June 13 2022.(DRC) The chairman of the Anambra State Disability Rights Commission Barrister Chuks Ezewuzie has expressed his optimism that the Government of Anambra state will intervene promptly on persons with albinism plights in fighting skin cancer.
Speaking to persons with albinism in Anambra State on the occasion of this year’s Albinism Awareness Day celebration organised by Anambra State Albinism Association and held during the weekend at Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre Awka.
Barrister Ezewuzie 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 area to help change myths and misconception about albinism issues.
” People need to be educated on matters related to albinism especially parents.
“Many parents don’t know their role to play in taking care of children with albinism.
” Cancer cuts 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.”
Barrister Ezewuzie assured them that the Anambra State Disability Rights Commission is ever ready to intervene on 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 complaints to Anambra State Disability Rights Commission, as necessary action will be taken to bring justice to victims.
In her contribution, former Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa, Amb Uche Ajulu charged Anambra State Albinism Association to take their awareness campaigns to Ministries of Health, Education and other relevant agencies both in state and federal level advocating for rights of PWAs in the state.
It will be recalled that on June 5th 2021, Persons with albinism came together to form Anambra State Albinism Association and it is a recognized cluster with Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) Anambra State Chapter and protected by Anambra State Disability Rights law 2018.
By Chidimma Ajemba