DOH asks LGUs to establish local AIDS Council due to increasing cases in Western Visayas
May 17, 2013 2:18 am
ILOILO CITY, May 16 - The Department of Health (DOH) is asking the local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas to establish local Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome(HIV/AIDS) Council due to the continuous increasing cases in Western Visayas (WV).
Charity Perea, DOH-Center for Health Development 6 regional coordinator for the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), said that they are encouraging the LGUs to establish HIV/AIDS council because of the cases that have been reported from all six provinces of the region.
She said that Western Visayas has nine new cases of HIV/AIDS from January to February of this year.
Cumulatively, the region from May 1994 to February 2013 has 254 cases of which Iloilo has the biggest number of 114. The other provinces which have HIV/AIDS cases are Aklan with 26; Antique, 5; Capiz 22; Guimaras, 4; Iloilo, 114; and Negros Occidental, 83.
Perea said that the local AIDS council they are proposing to LGUs would be the replication of the Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC) that would take charge in the awareness and education of the public on how to prevent themselves from acquiring the disease.
The council will also function as the surveillance and implementing body of the plans, projects and advocacy on HIV/AIDS prevention.
LGUs are also encouraged to make an ordinance for the creation of the council that would also strictly implement the regulation of sex workers making sure that they have the necessary permit or health certificate. (PNA)