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Leyte to set up P19-million HIV center.

By Restituto Cayubit

PALO, Leyte - The province of Leyte is in the process of establishing a center for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in response to the growing number of HIV patients in the province.

Dr. Edgardo E. Daya, MPH (NSW) of the Leyte Provincial Health Office told Manila Bulletin P19 million has been allocated for the center.

Dr. Daya said that during the series of meetings with Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and provincial health officials, one of the priorities agreed upon was the setting up of an HIV center.

"2019 marks the year for the province to respond to the HIV alarming status, thus with Governor Petilla, we had a series of meetings and one of the programs, projects and activities is the establishment of HIV center - both preventive/promotive and curative," Daya said.

Daya cited the rising cases of HIV/AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the region. The Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health (DOH) regional office has recorded 844 cases in Eastern Visayas based as of last March.

The HIV/AIDS data for Eastern Visayas indicate that the province of Leyte (including Ormoc City with 37 cases and Tacloban with 138 cases) has 451 cases or more than half of the 844 cases in Eastern Visayas.

Southern Leyte has 91 cases, Eastern Samar has 64, Northern Samar 72, Western Samar 127 and Biliran 39.

AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Aug 4, 2019
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