By Cherry N. Acabado
GUINOBATAN, Albay, (21May2013/PNA) – Forty-five persons have been infected with acute immune-deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in Albay, a provincial legislator said over the weekend.
“And Bicol is one of the seven AIDS-infected regions in the Philippines,” Board Member Herbert Borja, co-chairperson of the Albay Aids Council, revealed during the Basic 101 health workshop entitled “Revitalizing the Youth on Health and Nutrition” held in Casa Basilisa Resort here, 15 kilometers west of Legazpi City, on May 16-17.
The workshop aims to increase awareness on health and nutrition among the youth, determine their level of knowledge on HIV/AIDS, and identify issues and concerns of young people on health services.
It was attended by students from various universities in Albay.
The workshop also dealt on the communicable and non-communicable diseases that affect young people and maternal mortality/death which has already recorded 16 dead mothers based on the data of the World Health Organization.
Miguel “Mike” L. De La Rama, event coordinator, explained the importance of health maintenance among the youths, focusing on adolescent reproductive health and proper hygiene.
“The youth are more exposed to the environment. They must have enough knowledge and awareness to prevent the occurrence of communicable and non-communicable diseases among them,” he stressed.
De La Rama said maternal mortality/morbidity is a problem of the country today.
Based on the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute National Nutrition Survey of 2008, 17 percent of the adolescents were underweight while 4.6 percent were overweight, he said.
“There are 1.1 billion adolescents worldwide today and one in every five people in the world is aged between 10-19 years old. One-fifth of the population is 15-24 years old, numbering 16.5 million. It is estimated that in the year 2030 it will reach 30 million,” De La Rama disclosed.
Don Bailon, from Albay AIDS Council, discussed the Philippine AIDS Law or Republic Act No. 8505, whose goal is to strengthen the Philippine National AIDS Council and promulgate policies and prescribes measures.
In February 13, 1998, Republic Act No. 8504 established the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998. (PNA)