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Stigmatization on persons with albinism still high, decries diplomat

29 June 2016, 21:09 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - A Spanish diplomat’s wife has described stigmatization of persons with albinism in Kenya as too high despite enormous efforts to curb the social challenge.  

The wife of Spanish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Begonia de Nagore said many albinos in the country are not fully accepted by other members of the society who subject them to distress and withdrawal syndromes.

Speaking in Murang’a County while launching a County Albinism support group, she said albinism is not a disease and members of the community should accept and treat people living with albinism with love, dignity and respect.

She said albinos are normal people despite their skin colour and that they should not be stigmatized since the condition is hereditary.

Nagore said Spanish government has contributed a lot towards establishing special clinics to cater for persons with albinism.

Statistics show that Murang’a County has over 5,500 albinos who face discrimination ranging from denial of job opportunities, discrimination of children in school by their peers, while adults are shunned in social places.

The envoy’s wife noted that most albinos who visit Level Four Hospitals for treatment share wards with patients suffering from tuberculosis, saying the trends have made many albinos shun seeking medical treatment.

“Some people with albinism are not comfortable when they are mixed with patients of tuberculosis and this usually increases a withdrawal tendency among them,” said the ambassador’s wife.

- MyNews24

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