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LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL ALBINISM AWARENESS DAY

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… Emphasize the “Leave no child behind vision”

The Lagos State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that no kid is left behind, regardless of skin or hair color. The government’s motivation can be shown in the organization of an International Albinism Awareness Day for pupils/students in Lagos state elementary and secondary schools in the year 2021.

Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, said albinism is a hereditary disorder that has nothing to do with human character or personality during the 2021 International Albinism Awareness Day held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa.

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She warned the public against harassing, stigmatizing, and humiliating other Nigerian students based on their hair and skin color. She encouraged kids to have faith in themselves. “People will perceive you as you perceive yourself, so keep telling yourself, I can.” She continued.

While acknowledging that albinism can be difficult, Mrs. Olusola Somoye, Director of Child Guidance, School Counseling, and Special Education, said that the awareness program will also serve as a reminder to albinos and their guardians of the importance of caring for their health, morale, and sense of living.

In her presentation “Sensitization /Awareness Campaign against Stigmatization of Albinos in the Society; Role of Stakeholders,” Dr. Edi Onyinye Prisca, a guest lecturer, praised the Lagos state government for this awareness, noting that she had never had such privileges as a child. She encouraged albino students to avoid exposing their skin to the light and to limit their mobility between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Melanin, which normally protects the skin from UV (ultraviolet) damage, is in limited supply, which accounts for the differences in eye, skin, and hair color.

She encouraged the government to enact strict rules to protect people with albinism’s human rights, as well as job creation, free workshops, and training individuals with albinism in relevant trades, as well as imposing a quota for people with disabilities in the workplace.

Mrs. Josephine Omolola, in her lecture titled “Maintenance of Albino Skin and Vision from a Health Perspective,” emphasized the importance of protecting Albino skin from the sun, stating that “it is very important because they are more sensitive to sun exposure and have an increased risk of skin cancer.”

She stated that, contrary to popular belief, albinism is not a punishment for any transgression or the creation of any deity or goddess.

According to her, albinism is defined as a significantly decreased rate of melanin production, the pigment that gives eyes their color.

She praised the instructors for their unwavering support and reminded them to always pay attention to the emotional state and needs of their children, as this will help them perform better.

To assist albino children and teachers in Lagos State, the state government distributed free Sun Screen to aid in skin maintenance and lower the risk of skin cancer.

She also advised them to use sunglasses to protect their eyes and vision from the sun’s rays.

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