Issue of June 2, 2019
Mt. Province

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DOH enjoins council to help address HIV/AIDS problems
by Marcelo B. Lihgawon / PIA

LAGAWE, Ifugao – The Department of Health-Cordillera has enjoined local aids councils to help in addressing the increasing cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the province.

DOH records show Ifugao has registered 16 HIV/AIDS cases with three deaths from 1984 to 2018.

These cases were mostly transmitted through male having sex with male.

Most of the cases belonged to 25 to 34 age group with eight and five in the 15 to 24 age bracket.

Darwin Babon of the DOH-Cordillera encouraged the representatives of the 11 municipalities who attended the meeting to reorganize their respective local aid councils using the guidelines stipulated under Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2013-29 dated April 3, 2013 “Strengthening local responses toward more effective and sustained responses to HIV and AIDS.”

“We must stop the division among us. We must stop factionalism, must embrace unity and work together, because if we are divided, we will not be able to win,” Babon said as he presented the HIV/AIDS status of the province during the Provincial Local Aids Council (PLAC) meeting.

 Provincial Health Officer Mary Josephine Dulawan said to help in the prevention of ailments, an intensive information education campaign is being conducted in the grassroots by healthcare providers and other stake holders.

Other efforts include HIV testing and counseling, training of medical technologists on HIV proficiency, and other technical assistance to local government units and other health providers in the province.

The LAC members also held a candle lighting and offered prayers for victims of HIV/AIDs in participation to the 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.

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