By Jerry J. Alcayde
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro — The Department of Health—MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) revealed that at least 100 cases of human immunodeficiency virus infection were recorded in Palawan since the establishment of an HIV center in the province two years ago.
Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, regional director of DOH-MIMAROPA, said that patients who voluntarily sought treatment at Ospital ng Palawan (ONP)-Red Top Center belong to the 25 to 40 age group which comprises 50 percent of the total number of patients. Those in the 15 to 24 age group comprise 40 percent while patients who are 41 years old above represent the 10 percent.
“These patients are all enrolled and already undergoing treatment and management at the center. The rise in the number of cases does not necessarily mean that HIV in the province is increasing but it is due to the growing number of people who are now aware of the disease and voluntarily visiting HIV clinics to be tested for them to know their HIV status,” Janairo said.
“The regional office, together with ONP, PHO and MHOs are continuously monitoring the development of the HIV situation in every province in order to avert the spread of the virus. Health information drive and other HIV awareness activity are ongoing in various communities even in far-flung areas. HIV is everyone’s business and everybody must be properly educated about the virus,” he added.
Records at ONP – Red Top Center showed that from January 1 to April 30, 2017, they have recorded 24 new cases including one pregnant woman and six of them are asymptomatic.
“These new cases were already given anti-retro viral (ARV) drugs to prevent the spread of the virus inside the body.” Janairo assured.
The ONP-Red Top Center is the first HIV/AIDS testing center in the region where everyone who wishes to take a voluntary HIV test can freely visit anytime 24/7.
It provides HIV prevention and treatment services to HIV patients including pre- and post-test counseling.
DOH-MIMAROPA now has two HIV/AIDS Satellite Treatment Centers. One is located at the Occidental Mindoro Provincial Hospital in Mamburao and the other is at the ONP-Red Top HIV/AIDS Treatment Center in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
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