CHO leads World AIDS Day events PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:10

Aimed to drum up awareness on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS in the city,  the City Government through the City Health Office spearheads today the observance of World AIDS Day with fitting ceremonies to be held at the WMSU covered court.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said an inter-school quiz bowl will highlight the celebration which forms part of the intensified advocacy of on the fight against HIV-AIDS.

“We are continuously intensifying our advocacy on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS. Correct information dissemination particularly to the youth sector is a must considering that recent statistics show that majority of those prone to HIV infections are those belonging to the 15-34 age bracket,” the city health officer pointed out.

National statistics reveal that for 2013, the month of October registered the most number of HIV-AIDS infections at 15-16 cases per day. In 2012, the record for the same period showed 9-10 cases registered per day.

Zamboanga City is not spared, Agbulos stressed  as 8 positive cases have been reported in the month of October this year bringing the total number of cases in the city to 79 since 1995.

Nevertheless, Agbulos said the Zamboanga City Multi-sectoral AIDS Council has been working closely with the City Government and other agencies such as the Department of Health in support of the anti-HIV-AIDS program.

The increase in statistics is attributed to various factors foremost of which is the intensified advocacy as many people are coming out to report about infections and the surfacing of local infections.

The program at the WMSU covered court will be held this morning. It is themed “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS- related deaths”.

World AIDS Day is celebrated December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. — Sheila Covarrubias