IT HAS become necessary to drum home yet again the need for people to desist from discriminating against Persons Living with Vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition characterised by portions of the skin losing their pigment. It occurs when skin pigment cells die or are unable to function.
Aside cases of contact with certain chemicals, the cause of Vitiligo is unknown. Research suggests Vitiligo may arise from autoimmune, genetic, oxidative stress, neural, or viral causes.
Vitiligo is typically classified into two main categories: segmental and non-segmental Vitiligo. Half of those affected show the disorder before age 20, though most develop it before age 40.
In fact the perception of a segment of society about persons with Vitiligo is more traumatising especially when the cause of it is not contagious but heredity. It causes a lot of emotional and psychological stress if people are abused.
For instance, there are reported cases of some nurses who are facing verbal abuses because of their skin condition.
We at the DAILY HERITAGE are of the view that as civilised as we are in the 21st Century, there should not be any room for discrimination against persons with Vitiligo.
We believe that for society to improve and develop, stigmatisation is one thing that must be eschewed.
We, therefore, urge all to shy away from stigmatising against persons with Vitiligo.
If we want to develop as a nation and build a society we all love, it is imperative to deal with this issue positively.