Patients living with Vitiligo disease in three districts of Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda have asked the government to always consider them when disbursing medicine to health centers.
Patients with vitiligo add that their medicine is expensive and that the government include it in the budget because they are also Ugandans who need medical care.
A meeting was yesterday held at an elite hotel in Nyarushanje Sub County with officials from the vitiligo association of Uganda who had come to sensitize communities and the public and to register people living with vitiligo disease for awareness purposes.
Vitiligo is a disease that causes loss of skin color in patches and also affects hair and turns grey at a young age.
Vivian Najuka the national chairperson of persons living with vitiligo disease who is also a lecturer at Kabale university said this organization was formed to fight for the rights of people with vitiligo disease and is currently conducting a countrywide registration and mobilization to ascertain the numbers of people living with the disease
Eva Atukunda, the executive director of the vitiligo association of Uganda, asked vitiligo patients to be involved in government programs in their communities in order to uplift their standards of living.