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Sunscreens option for disorder sufferers

The local manufacture of sun­screens for persons with albi­nism is being looked into as a form of support for people suffer­ing from the congenital disorder. This was revealed by Attorney-General
25 Mar 2018 11:00
Sunscreens option for disorder sufferers
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

The local manufacture of sun­screens for persons with albi­nism is being looked into as a form of support for people suffer­ing from the congenital disorder.

This was revealed by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the 2018-2019 National Budget consultation at the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) in Suva on Friday.

Fiji Albinism project officer Saini­mili Tawake requested the sourc­ing of better sunscreen lotions for people with albinism.

Ms Tawake said they received do­nations of lotions from overseas, but added that this would run out some time soon.

“We hope to see local manufactur­ers produce sunscreens which need to be equivalent and need proper ingredients for a person with albi­nism,” she said.

Ms Tawake said persons with albi­nism were prone to skin cancer.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji re­cently had a visit from the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by per­sons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, and they discussed the manufactur­ing of sunscreens.

“We discussed the manufacture of the lotions, models planned out. We have some idea of it and this would be generally marketed to tourists also and the funds will be for the various projects for persons with albinism,” he said.

“We are looking at that and it would be price friendly.”

Albinism in humans is a con­genital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. Albinism is associated with a num­ber of vision defects, such as photo­phobia, nystagmus, and amblyopia. Lack of skin pigmentation makes for more susceptibility to sunburn and skin cancers.

Meanwhile, various other submis­sions were made to Mr Sayed-Khai­yum and these included;

n More grants for Frank Hilton Organisation to build and support the local children with disabilities;

n Albinism Fiji made submissions for the Ministry for Health to work with various divisional and sub-divisional medical officers includ­ing nurses and doctors and other health officers, to promote albi­nism. Also more training for com­munity outreach programme and government stakeholders to under­stand that albinism is a disability;

n Providing some incentive to have a nationwide research on per­sons with albinism;

n Rehabilitation of the Tamavua Rehab Centre because its condition was deteriorating;

n Construction of a vocational school for persons with disabilities in Nausori because disabled per­sons were not able to meet and per­form in technical colleges;

n Setting up of disabled-friendly evacuation centres;

n FNCDP calling for more funding for more skilled training to be pro­vided for those with disabilities at grassroots level; and

n Requests for free medical con­sumables.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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