• Two out of the 88 HIV-AIDS patients in the provincial hospital of Palawan died last week
  • The hospital’s chief of medical staff said that the number of HIV-AIDS cases significantly increased in the recent months
  • The DOH opened the Amos Tara Community Center in Puerto Princesa City for HIV-AIDS patients

Two out of the 88 patients who were tested positive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) in the provincial hospital of Palawan have died last week, according to a report by GMA News Online.

In an article published on May 21, 2016, it was disclosed that the fatalities were among the HIV-AIDS patients confined at the Ospital ng Palawan, who were late in seeking medical attention.

According to Dr. Louie Ocampo, chief of the hospital’s Medical Professional Staff, the cases of the sickness that were recorded in the facility have been significantly increasing in the recent months; with a 16-year-old male as the youngest patient, and a 40-year-old as the oldest.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) office in Region IV-B launched the Amos Tara Community Center at Jose Abad Santos Street in Puerto Princesa City to provide free services for those who were infected with the disease.

During the formal opening of the facility, DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said that the center aims to provide fast and efficient services for the people of Mimaropa, especially to those who are suffering from the illness.

One of the purposes of this center will be to reach out to vulnerable individuals in the community and encourage them to voluntarily submit themselves for HIV testing,” Janairo said.

Based on the most recent data from the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau, the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV-AIDS per day rose from only one in 2008, four in 2010, nine in 2012, 17 in 2014, and 22 in 2015.

Last year, a record-breaking number of 682 new cases were recorded just for the month of July, which is a 17 percent increase from the data gathered within the same month in 2014.