City observes World AIDS day PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:21

The City Government, through the City Health Office, will spearhead the observance of World AIDS Day today, Dec. 2 with a walk from Paseo del Mar to Cawa-cawa Boulevard.

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said the walk will start at 4pm and will be participated by the different sectors and stakeholders.

Spearheaded each year on December 1 in partnership with the multi-sectoral Zamboanga AIDS Council, the AIDS Walk seeks to raise awareness on the prevention and control of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

The City’s HIV Registry has documented a total of 113 HIV cases in Zamboanga City from the period of 1995 to October 2014.

Of this number, 23 deaths have been recorded.

Majority of the HIV cases are predominantly found in the 25-34 age bracket, at 39%, followed by the 15-24 group and the 35-44 group at 36% and 22%, respectively. In terms of cases by sex, 99, or 88%, are male patients.

Agbulos noted that the mode of transmission of the known HIV cases is through sexual transmission although there are also cases where it was spread through blood donation. He added that 77 of the 113 cases are from Zamboanga City, while 36 are transient cases with affected individuals hailing from the different regions in Zamboanga Peninsula and the ARMM.

The CHO is also stringently monitoring the entry of transient travelers in the City, especially Malaysia, the health officer said, as 20 of the HIV cases documented have been traced to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Malaysia.

The observance of the World AIDS Day and the AIDS Walk are just some of the activities to be spearheaded this December by the CHO, along with the Ear, Nose, and Throat Consciousness Week (December 3-9), National Health Emergency and Preparedness Day, Head and Neck Consciousness Week, and the National Youth Health Day.

The City will also be observing the Firecracker Injury Prevention Month this December. — Jasmine Mohammadsali