Over 50 Persons with Albinism benefit from Skin checks in Edo


No fewer than 50 Persons with Albinism (PWAs) in Edo, recently benefitted from a free skin checkup for sun induced skin diseases, championed by the Initiative for Advancement of the Albinism Cause (INAAC) in Benin.

According to a statement issued by Joy Odigie, Founder of INAAC, and made available to journalists in Benin on Friday, the free skin checkup was part of a one-day skin management workshop which held in Benin on Jan. 7.

Odigie said the workshop was organised by INAAC in collaboration with White Angels’ Foundation and Voice of Albinism Initiative and aimed at reducing the burden of skin cancers among persons with albinism in the society.

“Over 100 PWAs and 20 parents of children with albinism attended the skin management workshop where the free skin checks for various sun induced skin diseases such as skin cancer was done.

“The over 50 PWAs screened, included persons with the appearance of red and black spots and rashes on their skin.

“The dermatologist detected early stages of skin lesions
among six persons during the free skin screening and they were advised to visit the University of Benin Teaching Hospital for treatment.

“At the end of the workshop, children with albinism were given free umbrellas and sunscreen lotions while adults with albinism were only given free sunscreen lotions to protect their skins from the sun.

“The skin care workshop is to educate PWAs and parents of children with albinism on how to take care of the albinism skin so as to avoid sun damaged skins”, she said.

Dr Roli Madubuko, Consultant Physician and Dermatologist, urged PWAs to always go for periodic skin checks to help detect early stages of skin problems like solar keratosis, freckles, tumors and cancers.

“PWAs are proned to skin cancer due to little melanin on their skin and melanin helps to absorb the sun rays”.

She also urged every person with albinism to always prioritise their skin care, apply sunscreen lotions, use umbrellas, wear sun protective clothing and avoid the sun peak hours.

On her part, SussyGold Nzelu, Founder of White Angels Foundation, noted that her NGO was more focused on the health, education and social needs of children with Albinism.

Nzelu represented by Mr Joseph Igwe, said that the organisation empowered children with albinism as well as their parents with the right knowledge of how to take care of the albinism skin from an early age.

“We give out free sunscreen lotions to persons with albinism to enable them have good skin and urged them to also avoid the sun peak hours”.

Also, Mrs Maria Joseph, Founder, Voice of Albinism Initiative, commended the participants at the workshop for taking their skin care seriously.

She said that albinism was not a curse, urging persons with albinism to see themselves as a blessing and pursue their live goals.

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