As Nigeria marks the 2019 National Albinism Day, People living with the Albinism in Imo State have appealed to the state government to come to their aid by providing necessary assistance that will help manage the condition.
The State Coordinator of Albino Foundation, Mr. Victor Ibegbulam, made the call while speaking with Radio Nigeria in Owerri.
Mr. Ibegbulam lamented that his members were often exposed to skin cancer, visual impairment and discrimination arising from ignorance from members of the society.
He pointed out that a number of people living with albinism had been forced to withdraw from school due to challenges arising from the condition.
Mr. Ibegbulam said contrary to some beliefs that albinism was a curse or disability, the condition was as a result of lack of colour pigment usually inherited from parents.
He stressed the need for sensitization of the public to save his members from psychological torture that they were being subjected to.
The Federal Government had set aside May 5, every year as a day to further create awareness on the challenges faced by persons living with albinism in Nigeria.