People with albinism affected by climate change
BY OBERT SIAMILANDU
PUBLIC health expert Brighton Chizhande has warned that people with albinism could be affected by chronic skin irritation from climate change conditions, which have seen the country experience very harsh weather conditions.
Chizhande said NewsDay on the sidelines of a capacity building workshop on climate change, held last week in Bulawayo, that people with albinism were sensitive to the effects of high temperatures during the summer season.
He said it poses risks of skin diseases due to climate change.
“People with albinism should make sure to protect themselves from direct sunlight, as the current high temperatures due to climate change could lead to more chronic disease and irritation,” Chizhande said.
Albinism Alive Initiative Secretary General Brian Sithole added: “Some people with albinism live far from water sources, so they have to travel long distances in search of water, which then exposes them. sunburn. Sunscreens are essential for people with albinism and the government needs to make sure they get them for free so they can protect their skin from irritation. “
Sithole said other items that should be provided free of charge to people with albinism included protective clothing such as sun hats, umbrellas and clothing that covers the body as much as possible.
He said dermatological services should be readily available and affordable for people with albinism.
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