By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
According to the Department of Health – Center for the Development of Health (DOH-CHD) -6, one person is diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in western Visayas every 13 hours.
Caroline Tumabotabo, nurse V from CHD-6, said that Western Visayas was in fifth place in August 2018 in terms of the percentage of new HIV cases.
"From 1986 to August 2018, there were 2,741 cases reported in the region, of which 2 were 263 asymptomatic cases, and 478 were assessed as advanced or acquired syndrome syndrome syndrome (AIDS)," Tumabotabo added.
Monalisa Diones, director of the Family Planning Program in the Philippines (FPOP) -Iloilo, said that there was also an increase in the number of reported deaths due to HIV and AIDS.
"Increasing cases can be attributed to better reporting and case detection," said Diones.
Meanwhile, DOH-6 recorded 278 deaths in the city of Iloilo (20), followed by Iloilo province with 13; Bacolod City with 11; and Negros Occidental by 7.
There are five healing stations in Western Visayas, namely Visayas Western Medical Center and Medical City in Iloil, Memorial Salazar Memorial Hospital in Antiquity, Memorial Hospital Corazon Locsin in Negros, and Memorial Hospital Dr. Rafael Tumbokon in Aklan.
In addition to free initial laboratories and free services, DOH-6 said that their clinical hours were extended from 8am to 8pm in their health resorts.
In line with the World Day of Action Day, December 1, DOH will organize campus tours and the search for ambassadors to defend HIV / AIDS.
The goal of the campus is to spread awareness among students in order to prevent the spread of the disease, while the annual search will seek ambassadors who will advocate public information on the disease.