Friday, May 29, 2020

International Aids Candle Light Memorial 2019: Intensifying the Fight for Health and Rights

(Tuesday21st day of May 2019)


Iligan City – The City Government of Iligan commemorates the annual International Aids Candle Light Memorial with the theme: “Intensifying The Fight For Health And Rights To Remember The Friends And Family Who Lost Their Lives Due To Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS),” during the flag raising ceremony at the Anahaw Amphitheater on May 20.

According to HIV & AIDS Coordinator, Ms. Lorena R. Oyao, millions of lives were lost and were close to 37 million people currently living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) nationwide. This city suffers and remains deeply challenged by this widespread occurrence of this virus.

Dr. Glenn Manarpaac, medical coordinator from City Health Office (CHO) was grateful to City Government of Iligan officials for supporting the program for the advocacy of HIV. He said, “Ang HIV ay hindi biro tungod kay kini walay kaayohan.” (HIV is not a joke because it is incurable). Currently, the city has 1,232 individuals who are subject to screening for HIV and 53 of them are reactive of the test or HIV positive, he added. CHO hopes to continue the advocacy or program to decrease the number of HIV cases. Currently, the HIV awareness program has already reached to 25,385 individuals residing in the city and most of them are subject to HIV testing.

Dra. Belinda Lim, Committee Chairman on Health further explained that there is no cure for HIV, but there is an existing treatment to contain the virus and preventing it to develop into AIDS. Through this treatment, the people with HIV will live longer. Dra. Lim urged the parents to make time and give all their attention to their children so that their children would feel the love at home and would not seek other people’s attention just to make them feel important. “Isip mga ginikanan, sa karon nga henerasyon, ato gyud tutokan ug ihatag saila ang attention. We should let them feel that they are loved and important sa sulod sa atong balay. Ang ikaduha, if ever nasipyat gyod ug natakdan gyod then ayaw sila I discriminate ba, ayaw siya basula ug dawaton gyud nato aron matabangan ug matambalan sila.” (As parents, in today’s generation, we should focus our attention to our children. Let them feel that they are loved and important at home, second, if ever they fail and get infected, do not discriminate and blame them instead, accept them and help our children get treated.)