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Albinoism Association Urge FG To Bring Back Free Skin Cancer Treatment

The Albinism Association in Ekiti, has urged the Federal Government to bring back free cancer treatment to save its members from untimely death.

The association’s outburst follows the case of a 31-year old Albino, Ibigbami Damilola, who is begging Governor Ayodele Fayose and well-meaning Nigerians to save her from being killed by cancer of the nose.
Ibigbami, whose fate is now hanging in the balance, needs one million naira to undergo surgery, after her parents had expended over N400,000 to make her stay alive since the ailment began a year ago. In a letter addressed to the governor and signed by the chairman, Mr. Abegunde Muyiwa, the association accused the Federal Government of neglecting albinos, lamenting that members of the association were being treated like second class citizens in Nigeria.
Abegunde said with over 40 percent of albinism cases globally, Nigeria ought to place high premium on the wellbeing of the members.
“We are the most neglected, most stigmatized and most discriminated against among the vulnerable groups. We are not being considered for employment benefits, even among these groups,” he said.
“The skin cancer treatment was free before, but today it has been scrapped and our members, who fall within the most poverty-stricken, are the worst victims of this ailment.
“We are pleading with government to reverse the action and make lives comfortable for us. There are so many jobs that could be of help that we cannot do because of the ocular impairment .We can’t be okada riders, neither can we go into tailoring among others. Government must save us from dying in penury,” he stated.
Narrating her ordeal to journalists on Sunday, the Economics/Social Studies graduate of College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, said the sickness started like a boil a year ago, but further diagnosis revealed that it was nose cancer, which had ruptured the affected area into lobes.
She disclosed that she has visited more than four hospitals since her travails began.
“As I am now, I can’t breathe through the nose. The pain is much and threatening my life. I want to appeal to Nigerians to come to my aid. I have to go through surgery and radiotherapy to be able to live a normal life, I can’t afford the cost.”
Her 59-year old father and retiree, Mr Samuel Ibigbami, expressed regret that albinos were being treated like outcast in their own country.
Mr Ibigbami added that government and corporate organisations have not been fair to them in terms of employment, welfare and other critical areas that can ease their existence.
“I think the Albinism association must advocate for the establishment of a commission through which they can channel their grievances. They are sidelined, neglected and they have become hopeless in their own country.
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“As a retiree, am being owed 12 months pension arrears and I can’t afford the cost. My family is now in disarray. To eat is not easy. We are agonized and we beg Nigerians for help.”


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