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‘How to improve access to quality care for persons with albinism’

By Isaac Olamikan

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has said the ongoing decentralisation of the healthcare system and other reforms in the sector will enhance access to quality, efficient and affordable healthcare to vulnerable persons in the state including people with albinism.

In a message to commemorate International Albinism Awareness Day, marked on June 13, each year, urged stakeholders to support the he government in providing the needed support for people with albinism.

He said, “In commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day, we restate our government’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of all residents, especially vulnerable persons, which include people with albinism.

We are strengthening our healthcare system and are confident that the ongoing decentralization of the healthcare system and the implementation of programmes and reforms in the sector will help people with albinism access quality, efficient and affordable care.

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“We urge people living with albinism and other vulnerable persons especially in rural areas to take advantage of the opportunities of the Edo Health Insurance Scheme and telemedicine programme by the government to access better and quality care in Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state so as to address their peculiar health challenge.

“Rights groups and other stakeholders should support the government in increasing awareness campaign and advocacy programmes that will lead to attitudinal change towards people with albinism, including myths, false beliefs and actions that sideline, stigmatise and threaten the existence of people with albinism.”

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