THE PB asked local government units (LGUs) to give financial support to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and non-government organizations (NGOs) for their programs for people with HIV.

The Provincial Board (PB) also urged the Department of Health (DOH) and LGUs to identify areas for prenatal treatment services for mothers infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

PB Member Miguel Antonio Magpale, sponsor of three resolutions related to HIV, said the Cebu Provincial Government is one with DSWD and NGOs in giving proper care to people with HIV or Aids.

In May, Central Visayas ranked number 2 on the list of regions with the most number of persons with HIV or Aids, according to DOH data.

Metro Manila, or the National Capitol Region, has the highest number of persons living with HIV in the country.

In Central Visayas, Cebu topped the provinces with high number of persons with HIV.

The DOH reported that at least 67 persons are confirmed to have Aids while 1,872 others tested positive for HIV but have yet to feel or show symptoms.

“HIV/Aids is inimical and has overwhelming impact on families, communities and even societies as a whole. Its infection can be prevented through increased attention on information dissemination and life skills development for its citizens, especially the younger people,” Magpale said.

Magpale said that about 430,000 children were infected with the disease in 2008, based on the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission Strategic Vision 2010-2015 of World Health Organization.

The PB also asked the Philippine Medical Association and Philippine Hospital Association to create educational programs to increase public awareness on HIV.

Last week, the DOH launched the Universal Health Care High Impact 5 to address the HIV or Aids problem, service delivery network, and maternal, child and infant care.