8.18.2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SurSur ranks ‘2nd’ in HIV/AIDS cases in Caraga

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 12 (PIA) – The number of persons affected with  Human Immuno Deficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Surigao del Sur have continued to rise.

Dr. Algerico Irizari, provincial health office (PHO) chief here, told media in a press conference at the Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) on Monday during the launching ceremony of the Universal Health Care (UHC) High Impact 5 or “Hi5” program of the Department of Health (DOH) that people who are sexually active should refrain from getting involved in multiple partners.

Putting it succinctly, he said that one has to be “faithful.”

HIV/AIDS along with maternal health, infant health, child health, as well as the establishment of Service Development Network (SDN) is one of the five major health programs of the DOH being intensified for implementation in order to achieve Universal Health Care/Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Irizari said that as of May 2015, based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the DOH in Caraga region, the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the province now stands at 39 since the start of documentation in 1995.

This early part of the year, 2015, five new cases have been added to the list, he lamented.

It was learned that these new cases of individuals living with HIV here are residents of Tandag City, Hinatuan, Bislig City, Barobo, and Lingig, respectively, all of whom have undergone testing outside of Caraga region.

Dr. Irizari said, commonly, the rate in mode of disease transmission has been found out to be through homosexual, followed by bisexual, then heterosexual contact, in that particular order.

Meanwhile, as of May 2015, based on RESU report, HIV/AIDS cases in Caraga since 1995 has now climbed to 189, eight of whom have been reported to have already died in relation to the said medical condition.  

Moreover, overall data show that 25-34 age bracket has the most number of cases, posting 91 or equivalent to 48 percent.

People with HIV/AIDS in the region are mostly males:  177 or equivalent to 94 percent while 12 or equivalent to 6 percent are females.

Additional information also revealed that the youngest among the HIV positive in Caraga is only 18 years of age while the oldest is at 67.  (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI releases new suggested retail prices

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 12 (PIA) - The Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) under the Consumer Protection Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released the suggested retail prices (SRP) of basic necessities and prime commodities as of July 23, 2015.

The said release succeeded the April 16, 2015 SRP, except for the four products that have decreased in prices over the April 16, 2015 SRP, mostly prices of the listed basic necessities and prime commodities are the same in the latest SRP.  

Among those that have reduced prices are Family Budget Pack Plain Canned Sardines, 130g from P12.60 to P12.00, Lucky 7 Canned Sardines, 155g from P13.75 to P13.45 and Quick Chow Instant Noodles (Mindanao), 55g – P6.70 to P6.60. 

Major retail establishments in the city will be provided of the latest SRP for their information to make necessary adjustment on affected products.

The SRP will also be posted at their firm’s premises for the reading of the buying public.

Consumers interested to know about Suggested Retail Prices and other related concerns are encouraged to visit and contact DTI Surigao del Norte provincial office at the 2nd Floor, Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, this city or contact telephone number 826-6129. (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Drug education forum gilusad sa Siargao

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte, Agosto 12 (PIA) – Padayon nga gilusad sa pangagamhanan sa probinsya ang usa ka aktibidad nga gitawag “Community Drug Education Forum” didto sa isla sa Siargao, sakop ning probinsya.

Kagahapon nga adlaw, Agosto 11, 2015 gipahigayon ang maong forum didto sa lungsod sa Socorro ug pagkahapon sa lungsod sa Del Carmen.

Tumong ug tuyo sa maong kalihukan ang pag edukar ug paghatag impormasyon ngadto sa mga katawhan sa maong nasangpit nga duha ka mga lungsod ang mahitungod sa ginadili nga droga labi na ang dili mayo nga epekto niini ngadto sa lawas sa tawo nga nagamit niining maong makadaut ug ginadili nga droga.

Pagkahuman sa maong forum nakig dayalogo si gobernadora Sol Matugas sa mga kapitanes sa barangay uban sa mga konsehales ug ni Mayor Denia Florano sa Socorro ug Mayor Alfredo Coro sa Del Carmen.

Sa samang adlaw, gipahigayon usab ang Panambay sa Barangay sa maong duha ka lungsod diin ubay ubay ang mga nakatagamtam sa libreng serbisyo sa maayong panglawas.


Ang maong kalihukan gipangulohan sa halangdong gobernadora uban nila Board Member Simeon Castrence, Leonita Gorgolon, Mamerto Galanida, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga regional director Julius Navales, representante sa Philippine National Police (PNP) ug ang team capitol. (SDR/PIC-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)