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Samar board member elected chairman of local AIDS council

y Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (September 14) -- Neophyte Board Member Eunice Babalcon was elected Chairman of the freshly organized Samar Local AIDS Council in the organizational meeting held this morning at Jo's Chicken House, Catbalogan City.

The multi-sectoral group that convened saw in the young lawyer's persona the passion to serve her constituents especially the women and children.

Babalcon who is a lawyer was just elected this May and serves as a Vice-Chairman on the Committee on Women and Health.

The presentation done earlier during the meeting mentioned that HIV and AIDS is has been creeping silently albeit alarmingly that caused the health authorities to spearhead the organization of the local council.

Initially though, the local council is faced with the absence of local data for people living with HIV and maybe those full blown cases.

A personnel from Marie Stoppes, a health clinic in Catbalogan City disclosed that in one of the seminars she attended, a physician offered the information that there had been already five cases of HIV in Samar.

She added that three have already died while the other two are undergoing medical treatment in Manila.

In a website, it claimed that HIV/AIDS is estimated to affect over 36 million people worldwide, including 16.4 million women of reproductive age.

In the last 20 years, nearly 58 million people have been infected. This article reviews national responses to mounting concern with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, particularly in China, India and Africa, medical professional responses, notably by the World Medical Association, and international guidelines on human rights responses.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004, effectively tackling HIV/AIDS is the world's most urgent public health challenge. Already, the disease has killed more than 20 million people.

Today, an estimated 3446 million others are living with HIV/AIDS. In 2003, 3 million people died and 5 million others became infected. Unknown a quarter of a century ago, HIV/AIDS is now the leading cause of death and lost years of productive life for adults aged 1559 years worldwide.

A comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy links prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with the virus. The interaction of HIV/AIDS with other infectious diseases is an increasing public health concern, the data said.

The newly created local council also aims to establish municipal councils that may also form part of the provincial AIDS council to synchronize activities in the hope of eliminating HIV and AIDS through intensifying education and information to the Samarnon.. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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