At least 7,000 children with albinism have been identified in 96 councils where the identification exercise is taking place in the country, the House was told yesterday.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare Dr Lucy Nkya said while answering a supplementary question from Al-Shymaa John Kwegyir, Special Seats (CCM), on why the government was not transparent in taking care of vulnerable children and people with disabilities.
The MP told the House that already 65 children with albinism had reported dead and 20 had been wounded, but the government had not said anything.
“I want to know to what extent the government has identified vulnerable children,” asked Kwegyir.
The deputy minister said not many Tanzanians were aware of places to present their problems, particularly vulnerable children.
“If such children experience problems, then they have to report to hospital for treatment and other services, but also have to report to the police for their safety and security,” said Dr Nkya.
The deputy minister said further that the children had also the opportunity to seek support from the district commissioner who would instruct social welfare personnel to assist them.
She said the ongoing identification process of the children in 96 councils had revealed that there were 7000 children with albinism who needed protection from the community.
“The identification exercise continues on the mainland in the rest of the districts and we think the same is being done in Zanzibar. We want to carry out this exercise in all the districts and identify vulnerable children including children with albinism,” said Nkya .
She said they were carrying out the exercise in order to make it easy to provide vulnerable children with necessary needs, including education, health and other facilities for their own upkeep.