Zambo marks World AIDS Day with a walk PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:14

The City Health Office headed by City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, in partnership with the Zamboanga Multi-Sectoral AIDS Council, spearheaded the city’s observance of the World AIDS Day in solidarity with the international community.

A walk from Paseo del Mar to the R.T. Lim Boulevard and the release of paper  lanterns marked the observance as a way of helping drum up awareness on HIV-AIDS control and prevention.

Hundreds of Zamboanguenos representing local and national offices, the academe and other civic organizations assembled at Paseo del Mar before proceeding to the R.T. Lim Boulevard where a short program was held.

Mayor Beng Climaco urged Zamboanguenos to join the efforts to prevent and control HIV/AIDS in the city.

The mayor led all participants in flying paper lanterns in honor of the lives lost to the dreaded disease.

Statistics collected and compiled by CHO personnel since 1995 reveal that a total of 113 HIV cases have been reported in the city. Of this figure, the pandemic had already claimed 23 lives.

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.

World AIDS Day is celebrated every December 1st to drum up awareness on the prevention and control of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). —Claudine Uniana