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The various activities during the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Roadshow.

The Department of Health Regional Office VI (DOH RO VI) conducted another leg of its Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) Roadshow at Robinsons Place in Iloilo City on July 21, 2015.

The Roadshow is one of the special breakthrough activities being conducted by the DOH in support of its Universal Health Care- High Impact 5 (UHC-Hi-5) strategy that focuses on five critical interventions targeting the poor. These five priority interventions include reducing maternal, infant and under-five deaths, halt the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS), and improve service delivery networks (SDN).

The KP Roadshow provides direct health services and commodities for each member of the Filipino household – elderly, mother, father, children and adolescents.

During the Roadshow, the DOH provided pneumococcal vaccines for the elderly, Tetanus diphtheria and Measles Rubella Vaccine for students, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for young women, and immunization for children aged five years old and below. Health information and free HIV testing and counseling were also provided in partnership with the Iloilo City Health Office, Population Commission (PopCom) and PhilHealth.

The KP Roadshow at Robinsons Place marked the first time that the health caravan was conducted inside a mall. Last July 15, a simultaneous KP Roadshow was also conducted in Tangalan, Aklan; Tibiao, Antique; Tapaz, Capiz; Nueva Valencia, Guimaras; La Carlota City, Negros Occidental; and Bacolod City.

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Various activities marked the Buntis Congress held in San Jose, Antique on June 23, 2015.

Spearheaded by the Department of Health Regional Office VI (DOH RO VI) in partnership with the local government unit of San Jose, pregnant women availed of health education lectures and direct services such as oral health check, prenatal services, provision of Buntis Kits, blood typing and free ultrasonography for high-risk clients. A voluntary blood donation activity was also conducted in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross, primarily targeting husbands and partners of pregnant women.

The Buntis Congress was aimed at promoting safe motherhood. It is one of the special breakthrough activities being conducted by the DOH in support of its Universal Health Care- High Impact 5 (UHC-Hi-5) strategy that focuses on five critical interventions targeting the poor. These interventions include reducing maternal, infant and under-five deaths, halt the spread of HIV-AIDS, and improve service delivery networks (SDN).

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The AIDS Candlelight Memorial held in Mandurriao, Iloilo City on May 17, 2015.

 

ILONGGOS from all walks of life joined the 32nd International AIDS Candlelight Memorial held at the carpark of SM City-Iloilo in Mandurriao District on May 17, 2015.

With the theme “Supporting the Future,” the Candlelight Memorial is a global activity that aims to commemorate those who have died from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) while advocating for a more sustainable AIDS response and intensifying the campaign against stigma and discrimination.

Data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed that a total of 1,149 deaths have been recorded in the AIDS registry since 1984.

As of February 2015, there were 23,709 diagnosed cases of HIV in the country. The age group with the biggest proportion of cases has become younger from 30-39 years old in 2000 to 2004 and down to 25 to 29 years old from 2005 to 2009. Cases among the younger population aged 20 to 24 years old were also recorded from 2010 to 2015.

In Western Visayas, one person is diagnosed with HIV every 36 hours.

The DOH urges those engaged in risky behaviors to know their HIV status by availing free HIV testing at Social Hygiene Clinics and at Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Iloilo City. The DOH assures that confidentiality will be maintained for people submitting themselves for tests.

“Don’t be afraid or feel ashamed to undergo HIV testing. It is important that you know your HIV status. The DOH will help from testing to treatment. We should all help to stop the spread of the virus,” said DOH Regional Office VI Director Marlyn W. Convocar.

Supporting the AIDS Candlelight Memorial were partner agencies in the Regional Multi-Sectoral Partnership for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control as well as students, professionals and government workers, among others.

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