Eastern Samar gov speaks on "World AIDS Awareness Day"
By Alice Nicart
Borongan, Eastern Samar (3 December) -- About 5.4 million youths are affected by HIV and of these, 59% are girls and 40% are boys.
Thus said Governor Conrado B. Nicart in his message which was read by his representative, Dr. Pergentino Balase during the closing ceremonies of the World AIDS Awareness day, yesterday, December 1.
The celebration which was spearheaded by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Department of Education (DepEd), Eastern Samar Division, began with a simple parade which was participated in by more or less 600 high school students who wore black T-shirts.
Gov. Nicart said that in 2007, there was an estimate of 40% which were newly affected by HIV-AIDS and most of them were children aging 15 to 24.
Further, the Department of Health (DOH) noted an alarming continuous increase in youths who are being afflicted by the infection, Nicart's message continued.
He said that, DOH also reported that in the country in 2008, some 4,000 have already been affected by the dreadful infection and two more cases are added up on a daily basis.
He said that such a trend in the HIV-AIDS infections should be addressed by government and its institutions.
Thus, Gov. Nicart expressed appreciation to DepEd, and the PHO for spearheading the HIV-AIDs awareness celebration.
More important also is the support of the United Nations Population Funds Assistance (UNFPA) whose untiring support to the province's mothers and children's health has been very significant.
Gov. Nicart hopes that with a continuous information campaign against the disease, Eastern Samar will be free of it in the future.
The students in attendance pledged to do away with risky behaviors to prevent the disease. They committed to do away from drugs, drinking sessions and smoking.
High school students from Eastern Samar State University, Maydolong campus, Maydolong National High School, Maypangdan National High School, Sulat National High School, Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School and Sta. Fe National High School joined the celebration. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]