Sharp increase in number of AIDS cases in Zambo bared PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 17:21

A local health official yesterday reported a sharp increase in the number of  HIV-AIDS cases in Zamboanga City from 2010 up to the present.

City Health Office’s Reproductive Health and Wellness Center Chief Dr. Kibtiya Uddin said that 11 cases were detected last year and 11 more were registered this year.
From the 39 cases registered since 1995, 22 were discovered only for 2010 and 2011, Uddin said.

Of the 39, nine of the victims have died but health officials could not give further information on the health status of the remaining HIV-AIDS victims.

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos is not alarmed by the significant rise in the number of HIV-AIDS cases since many of the victims, he said, may have probably acquired the dreaded disease in abroad but were only detected in the city.

Agbulos said that because of the active role played by the Local AIDS Council and that of the office of Dr.Uddin, “the disease has been detected where many of the inflicted ones are transients.”

At present, six to eight HIV-AIDS cases are being registered daily in the Philippines.

Based on the study conducted by the local health office, most of the persons living with HIV-AIDS have acquired the disease through male having sex with another male.

“In fact, more than 20 of the 39 total patients since 1995 have acquired the illness through male having sex with male,” Dr. Uddin said.

As part of its aggressive campaign aimed to prevent such disease, the local health office has intensified their advocacy by educating the public on the A,B,C,D and E practices (A-Abstinence-Be faithful, C-the use of Condom, D-don’t share needles and E-Educate oneself on HIV).

CHO has lined up various activities for December 10 to be participated by the different government line agencies, NGOs, local AIDS Council and the various entertainment establishments in order to give meaning to the celebration of World AIDS Day with the global theme “Getting to Zero.” — Jimmy Villaflores