A cross section of participants at the programme
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Egbuka, DCP and ACPs at the programme
In order to ensure the promotion, protection and enforcement of the rights of persons with albinism in Plateau state, the Foundation’s National Programme Manager, Mr. Damian Ivom, was in Jos, to sensitize officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force, Plateau State Command on the need to promote and protect the rights of persons with albinism which will mitigate stigmatization, discrimination, rejection and sometimes brutal killings meted to the community as a result of ignorant, myths and misconceptions associated with the condition.
As a routine, the Plateau State Police Command holds monthly security meetings, and the Foundation used the opportunity and platform to carry out the one and half hour session to sensitize the officers and men on the issues associated with albinism and the need to protect the rights of persons with albinism and other disabilities. The sensitization programme as carried out by Mr. Damian Ivom was done with a PowerPoint presentation and he took time to explain in detail the following highlights:
- Definition of albinism
- Types of albinism
- Challenges faced by persons with albinism
- Various myths and misconceptions associated with albinism
- The importance of albinism rights
- What the police can do to protect the rights of persons with albinism
At the end of the presentation, questions were asked as it concerns albinism. Some of the questions raised and the answers provided include:
- Is vitiligo albinism?
- No, Vitiligo is different from albinism
- Can too much exposure to X-ray by a would-be mother give birth to a child with albinism?
- No, too much exposure to X-ray cannot result to albinism. Rather, exposure to X-ray can only result to other defections but not albinism
- Can two parents with albinism give birth to a child without albinism?
- Yes, but the probability is slim
- Can albinism be prevented?
- It can only be prevented when two couples who do not have albinism gene or one have albinism gene and the other do not have marry each other
- Does eating salt by a person with albinism cause freckles?
- No, not eating salt by a person with albinism will cause kwashiorkor
In attendance at the programme were the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Egbuka, Deputy Commissioner of Police, four assistant Commissioners of Police and sixty-nine officers.
At the end of the questions and answer session, Albinism rights booklets and other information, education and communication materials on albinism were shared to the officers and men.