Albinos in Eastern Province call for government support

People living with albinism in Eastern Province have called on government to expand the program of providing health care, education and protection to albinos in the province.

Eastern Albino Care Centre in Zambia Director, Zacheus Tembo says doing so will assist a lot of people living with albinism who are in desperate need of basic services.

Mr. Tembo says people living with albinism require special care.

Mr. Tembo says children living with albinism need special eye care before they reach the age of seven but most of them do not manage to access services from eye specialists.

He called on members of the general public to start treating albinos the same way they treat other people, adding that albinism is not a curse but a defect in the skin pigment.

Mr. Tembo says there is need to enforce human rights for special interest groups who have been marginalised for years.

He also condemned the behaviour of people whom he said have continued calling albinos derogatory names saying doing so is stigmatising them.

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