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Persons with albinism benefit from free skin screening in Narok

They were screened for premalignant lesions and other skin conditions managed through cryotherapy.

In Summary
  • The persons were advised on the need to have adequate skin moisturisation.
  • Patients found with symptoms of cancer were referred to hospital while those with other skin complications were advised on the best oil to apply.
Kwale residents during International Albinism Awareness Day at Baraza park in Matuga, Kwale county on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
Kwale residents during International Albinism Awareness Day at Baraza park in Matuga, Kwale county on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
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Some 21 people living with albinism in Transmara and Narok have benefited from free skin screening sponsored by the National Council of Persons Living with Disability.

Narok Albinism Association chairperson Reuben Mpatiany said the beneficiaries of the exercise conducted in Bomet town were screened for premalignant lesions and other skin conditions managed through cryotherapy.

“Treatment for various dermatological conditions and post-cryotherapy was given. The persons were advised on the need to have adequate skin moisturisation especially on the lips that had been ignored by most of them,” Mpatiany said.

Persons living with albinism were also advised to use adequate sub-protection gears and to embrace proper dressing.

“The adults, too, were advised to individually monitor their skin changes for early detection of premalignant lesions and management. Regular screening and monitoring is key to preventing skin cancer. Screening helps to detect cancer early and reduce the chances of dying from the disease as it is easier to treat cancer if detected early,” he said.

Patients found with symptoms of cancer were referred to hospital while those with other skin complications were advised on the best oil to apply.

He called on parents, chiefs and Nyumba Kumi representatives to help in identifying and registering persons living with albinism with the NCPLWD so that they can enjoy government support.

“Purchasing protective gears could be very expensive but if these people are registered, they will get all the protective gears free of charge,” he said.

The registered people are more advantaged as they would easily access education bursaries, tools of trade, economic empowerment and job placements.

Mpatiany also called on the county government of Narok to employ dermatologists, saying they were forced to hire a private dermatologist as the Narok County Referral Hospital doesn't have one.

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