Lady solon wants advocacy against HIV-AIDS intensifiedBy: R.G. Antonet A. Go

December 5, 2014 11:28 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Dec. 4 — Second district Rep. Lilia Nuño on Thursday called on the City Health Office and other stakeholders to intensify the advocacy against Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) in this city.

Nuño made the call as she considered the HIV-AIDS cases here as “already alarming.”

This, as Nuño noted that the number of HIV-AIDS cases for the past 10 month alone have reached 33 with is higher compared to the previous years.

Records from the City Health Office showed that the number of HIV-AIDS cases have already reached a total of 113 cases with 23 deaths since 1995 until October this year.

The breakdown on the number of HIV-AIDS cases are as follows: 1995 to December 2009, 17 cases with six deaths; 2010, 11 cases with three deaths; 2011, 13 cases with two deaths; 2012, 15 cases with three deaths; 2013, 24 cases with seven deaths; and, from January to October this year, 33 cases with two deaths.

Because of the situation, Nuño wanted the advocacy against HIV-AIDS intensified and to “make it school-based.”

“The advocacy should be brought to the school level since there are already students afflicted with the disease,” she said.

City Health Office records showed that 41 cases, representing 36 percent of the total number of cases, involved individuals aged 15 to 24. (PNA)

RMA/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/EDS

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