Friday, August 23, 2019

PROTECT YOURSELF: Awareness and vulnerability to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

(Monday, 3rd day of December 2018)


December 1st marks the beginning of the World Aids Month celebration with the theme “Know your Status”.

Today, the Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office (EEDMO) hosted the first flag raising ceremony for this month of December. Mrs. Virginia Junsan, head of EEDMO delivered and presented the department’s accomplishment report and updates on the latest activities including the generation of the department’s revenues.

City Officials were present to lead the ceremony and came together to prepare plans to implement an innovative new initiative to end the AIDS epidemic in the city.

Other agencies presented discussions concerning the prevention and awareness of AIDS. Globally, an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS which was according to Dra. Cherlina C. Cañaveral, Head of City Health Office (CHO).

Furthermore, AIDS is the most destructive endemic virus in history that is fast growing every day and everyone is susceptible to this. This is spread only in certain body fluids from a person who has AIDS through sexual contact, blood transfusion or by getting stuck with a needle with an infected person’s blood on it and can pass from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, Dra. Cañaveral said.

Dra. Belinda Lim added that the World AIDS Month aims to reunite by fighting against AIDS, to support those people living with AIDS, to remember those people died with AIDS and lastly, to remind each and every one especially the employees of the Iligan City Hall that AIDS is often thought of as incurable, fatal illness, and it certainly can be without treatment, a fact that underscores the importance of testing and early detection..

Everyone is not too sure of their own knowledge about the issue and their status. They had much misperception about the knowledge of facts, modes of transmission to reduce contamination and the modes of transmission from one person to another of HIV/AIDS.

The government should provide sufficient funding for everyone to have awareness and accurate understanding about the modes of HIV/AIDS transmission and its prevention strategies, Atty. Benedictos said.

Lastly, Mayor Celso Regencia encouraged that everyone should get tested for HIV to know their status and stressed that a better understanding of HIV epidemics in the city would empower leaders to actively address the gaps in the response and reach the people being left behind.


– – IMFN / CIO