Albinism Society establishes skin cancer clinics

25May 2020
Beatrice Philemon
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Albinism Society establishes skin cancer clinics

​​​​​​​TANZANIA Albinism Society (TAS) has established skin cancer clinics in seven regional referral hospitals, which will provide treatment for people with albinism (PWA) across the country.

​​​​​​​TAS’s Secretary General, Mussa Kabimba.

TAS’s Secretary General, Mussa Kabimba said this over the weekend when speaking ahead of the 40th Anniversary of the association, which advocates the rights and dignity of person with disabilities that will be held on June 13.

He said those regional hospitals are in Mara, Singida, Tanga, Iringa, Morogoro, Lindi and Unguja in Zanzibar.

So far, TAS has already distributed Brymil dermatology set of cryogenic equipment that comprises Cryogun, Liquid Nitrogen Container, Cryoplates and Withdrawing tube in all seven regional referral hospitals that will be used to treat skin cancer.

“Our main goal is to extend health services to people with albinism especially those living in rural areas, reduce death for them because right now majority of albinism are dying due to skin cancer and lack of funds to travel in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza ana Kilimanjaro for medical treatment,” he noted.

The equipment will be used to patients in accordance with the skin cancer stages they have and prevention.

“We expressed thanks to development partners who has donated funds to TAS so that we can buy Cryogenic equipment for skin cancer treatment for people with albinism,” he said

He also expressed thanks to the government through the district councils for providing doctors and rooms to ensure patients access high quality medical treatment in those regions.

Apart from that he called on the district councils in those regions to allocate enough budgets to help skin cancer clinics which have been established in those regions be more sustainable and help more albinism access high quality medical services.

Kabimba further said that currently violence against PWA is on the decline, noting: “People are now aware of this group.

“We thanks to the government and other stakeholders for taking serious measures to improve safety of people with albinism,” he said.

“Right now we are very happy because parents are now educated on the importance of education to children with albinism and have begun to send their children to school because safety for people with albinism is very high right now,” he added.

He however cited lack of proper data on PWA in Tanzania, lack of employment opportunities, lack of inclusive health services as among the key challenges facing the group.

On the 40th anniversary, TAS official called on individuals, government institutions, private companies including religious institutions to join them to mark the important day.

He said they still need Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30, wide-brimmed hats, sun grass, bronchures, books that has education about Albinos, how they can combat with COVID-19 including personal protective equipment (PPE) such as musk, sanitizers and others for people with disabilities.

They need support because most of them are coming from poor families and they don’t have cash to purchase it

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