Albinos Beg FG to Reinstate Skin Cancer Treatment Programme


Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

The Albino Foundation (TAF) on Monday urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, reinstate the treatment process it started in 2007 with the Foundation to help prevent skin cancers amongst persons with albinism in the country

This, it noted, is necessary because without the programme, an average of death of two or three Nigerians with albinism die every month from skin cancer.

Disclosing this to newsmen in Abuja, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, TAF, Mr. Jake Epelle, said, “We started a project in 2007 with the Federal Government which is the Skin Cancer prevention and treatment project.”

According to him, “The Obasanjo adminstration adopted that project. So far, we have treated about 2, 520 patients we have referred to the National Hospital. That project has been ongoing until the current adminstration. I got a firm promise from the current administration that they will continue.

“However, the management of the National Hospital discontinued that project abruptly. Since then, we have been trying to talk with them without interface with the presidency. I have a letter from the office of the Vice President saying to us that they will get back to us and continue this programme.”