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Pangasinan VG Calimlim raises alarm on province’s soaring HIV cases

Dec 8, 2016 @ 13:46

Rising HIV infections in the province has prompted Pangasinan Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim to sound the alarm against the killer disease.

HIV, if unchecked, causes the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the politiko added.

Calimlim cited the number of HIV cases in the province, which according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) steadily rose from 26 in 2013 to 62 in 2014 and 100 in 2015.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Raul P. Sison, said there is a need for the provincial government to embark on programs that will focus on HIV-AIDS awareness before the problem gets bigger.

Sison said that the Department of Health recorded 34,999 positive cases of HIV from 2011 to 2016.

The Ilocos Region, he said, had 696 cases with Pangasinan having the most cases with 380 during the six-year period.

He noted that in his research, most of the HIV-infected patients in the province falls under the 15-34 age bracket.

Sison drafted a resolution urging all local government units in Pangasinan to establish a local AIDS council and institute ways on how to address the problem.

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