The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital has catered to about 598 HIV-AIDS or Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome positive patients in Bacolod and Negros Island,enrolled in its treatment hub since 2007 up to Oct. 17, 2017,Albert Acson, HIV-AIDS Core Team document controller of CLMMRH, said.
Acson said CLMMRH is the only HIV-AIDS treatment hub in Negros Island.
Out of the 598 patients, about 391 are alive and taking medication, while they are looking for 50 others who have not returned to the treatment hubs, he said. There are also about 35 who have transferred to other treatment hubs, he added.
Acsonsaid the total cases of HIV-AIDS in Bacolod as of October 17 this year is 304.
He said Bacolod is only number two to Iloilo in Western Visayas in terms of the number of HIV-AIDS cases, which confirms an earlier statement made by Dr. BabylinDrilon, head of the Social Hygiene Clinic of the Bacolod City Health Office.
Bacolod Councilor EmAng, chair of the SangguniangPanlungsod Committee on Health, said there is a need to verify the statistics of the Department of Health following reports that Bacolod is second to the National Capital Region in terms of the number ofHIV-AIDS cases.
Acson said that if a patient undergoes test for HIV in Manila or Iloilo and indicates that his or her address is in Bacolod, what will be reflected in his or her record is Bacolod.
There are patients from Iloilo who undergo treatment in Bacolod, while there are also patients from Bacolod who undergo treatment in Iloilo, he said.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the DOH figures should be validated,as this can create consciousness in the public of the actual situation and make them aware.
Familiaran said the CHO should issue health advisory or conduct symposiums in schools and barangays to address or reduce the incidence of HIV-AIDS.
Acson is appealing to those infected with HIV-AIDS to undergo test assuring them that their records are kept highly confidential. He also appealed to patients who failed to return to their treatment hub to continue their medication before their condition deteriorates.*CGS
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