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Batenegi hosts Vitiligo awareness workshop

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HUMANITARIAN: Batenegi

Batenegi at Parliament Trust Chairman, Oageng Batenegi, will tomorrow (Saturday) host a vitiligo awareness workshop at Oasis Motel in Tlokweng.

Vitiligo is a disease in which the pigment cells of the skin, melanocytes, are destroyed in certain areas.

Symptoms and signs of vitiligo include loss of skin colour in the form of depigmented, or white patches of skin in any location on the body.

The workshop, according to Batenegi, is meant to create a social dialogue on this condition to clear myths and misconceptions.

It will also focus on legislation, stigmatization, increasing awareness and access to health care.

The youthful radio personality told The Voice that the aim of the event is to provide a platform for people living with the condition to share their experiences and find out what kind of help they can get from the health care system.

He said they have invited Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Madigele, to address participants about the services they can benefit from.

“We have invited dermatologists and psychologists, so participants will be asking them questions on this condition. What we’ve realised is that this condition is not given adequate attention. It is overlooked because only a few have it. We have invited people living with Albinism as people sometimes confuse them with people with vitiligo, so experts will talk about it. The 25th of June is World Vitiligo Day and in Botswana we have never commemorated it, so this workshop is expected to not only spread public awareness but also to get stakeholders to see the need to observe the day,” said Batenegi.

He thanked their partners Oasis Motel, that National Assembly, Duma FM and ADcraft Advertising among others.