By Patience Lunda
The Association of People with Albinism (Apam) has blamed government over laxity to distribute sunscreen lotion to rural health centres, saying the slackness is contributing to growing cases of cancer among people with albinism.
According to Apam President Young Muhamba, there are over 10 000 bottles of sunscreen at Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) but distribution to health centres in remote areas is a challenge due to unavailability of transport.
Muhamba added that while some stakeholders have come in to help in increasing availability of sunscreen lotion other areas particularly in rural parts remain sidelined.
“The supply chain needs to be strengthened because we have been having difficulties in making sunscreen available to small health centres but the issue of skin cancer is the major concern due to its scarcity,” he said.
While acknowledging that it is their responsibility to distribute the lotion, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati asked Apam to lodge a formal complaint.
“We work hand in hand with the Ministry of Health in ensuring that sunscreen lotion is being distributed in all areas but we urge them to report to us if they are experiencing hiccups,” she said.
Sunscreen lotion is a skin product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and thus helps protect against sunburn and most importantly prevent skin cancer.