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Association calls for inclusion of Albinos needs in budget

Written by  Rodney Majawa


A mother carries a child with albinism - File Photo

Blantyre, March 25:  Association of people with albinism in Malawi (APAM) has asked Government to consider inclusion of health related needs in the Health Ministry’s budget in order to address some of the challenges they are facing.

APAM Executive Director, Boniface Massa told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the current budget does not prioritize health accessories for albinos, a situation he described as worrisome.

“In our day-to-day life, we need so many things such as skin lotion like zinc lotion which protects us from direct sun rays that cause skin sores, thereby creating higher chances of developing skin cancer.

“Of course, much as we appreciate that we are provided with the skin lotion once a year from referral hospitals, we would have loved if we would be provided such lotion on regular basis even from health centres,” said Massa.

He added: “The provision of protective wear such as sunglasses, long sleeved attire and hats would also assist us much.”

Massa then underscored the need for Health Ministry to intervene by allocating them with enough resources in order to address some of the related health needs currently insufficient or inaccessible by people living with albinism.

When this reporter tried to call Health Ministry Publicist, Henry Chimbali to hear their stand on the health accessories among albinos, his mobile gadget went unanswered after several attempts.

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