CHO leads World AIDS memorial PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:08

In memory of people who died of HIV-AIDS, the City government through the City Health Office will spearhead the observance of the World AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Friday, May 16.

The event, set at 5pm will kick off with a torch parade from Ciudad Medical in Nuñez extension to Plaza Pershing where a brief program, highlighted by prayers  for the dead, will be held.

Citing records, City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said 86 cases of HIV-AIDS were reported in the city from 1995 to present.

“For January to May of 2014, we have 6 confirmed cases and four additional cases for confirmation in Manila.    Most of these are from the 15 to 34 years poll age group registering about 72 percent. So the reason infections are already attacking our youth and we really have to do something here,” Agbulos added.

In another development, the CHO is also monitoring developments of the information drive on smoking ordinance which will conclude on May 31 in observance of World No Tobacco Day. After the information drive, the full implementation will follow.

On the other hand, CHO will also lead the observance of Cervical Cancer Awareness Day, World Asthma Day, Save Motherhood Week and World Hypertension Day.

“For the World Hypertension Day, May 19 right after the flag ceremony, we will be putting up blood pressure monitoring stations at the city hall and we will just have it open for everyone who would like to avail of the services,” Agbulos said.

Due to extreme heat, there were reported cases of dermatological skin diseases, increasing viral infections and upper respiratory tract infections.

The CHO Head advised the general public to strengthen their body resistance by hydrating every time, to have enough sleep and proper nutritional diet. — Francis Sadaya