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Symposium on HIV/AIDS held

A symposium on Sexually Transmitted Infection-HIV/AIDS was conducted at the Kabankalan Training Center with 224 participants recently.

The symposium aimed to raise awareness of the effects of STI and provide participants with basic knowledge on its prevention, a Kabankalan press release said.

The resource speaker was Sandra Arellano, Kabankalan City health education and promotion officer, and present was Artemio Guancia, training center administrator, TESDA.

Arellano said the five ways to prevent and control of HIV infection are A-abstinence, B- e mutually faithful to uninfected partner, C - closer relationship with God that would empower you to say “No” to risky practices and behaviors (Correct and Consistent Condom use for those who cannot say “No” to Sex), D-on’t use drugs, nor drink too much alcohol and E-ducation and Early detection and treatment.

Arellano also said the sad news is that until now there’s no cure, nor vaccine to stop HIV and AIDS.*

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Health cards
given in Talisay

Talisay City in Negros Occidental is among local government units with the most number of Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program beneficiaries in the province with cardholders reaching almost 5,000, a Capitol press release said.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., during the simultaneous distribution of health cards to barangays in Talisay City recently, stressed that the distribution of the NOCHP cards, or the Negros First Family Health cards, is beyond politics.

He said, it was in Talisay where he got the biggest margin of loss during the last elections. Despite that, he said, all qualified indigents in Talisay City will be given the Negros First Family Health Cards, the press release said.

Meanwhile, Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan thanked the governor for giving priority to the Talisaynons, and added, that the enrolment of members and distribution of cards will continue until all the 14,000 target members in the city are covered.

There are now almost 50,000 indigents from all over the province who are NOCHP beneficiaries and Marañon named Rep. Albee Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) as the strongest NOCHP advocate.

Benitez said he is working hand-in-hand with Marañon as they share the same agenda of ensuring public health.

Health services is one of the priority programs of the province as embedded in the Negros First Development Agenda of the administration of Gov. Marañon and Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, Jr., with some 40 percent of the province’s budget allocated for health, the press release said.

Present at the distribution were Benitez, Third District Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, members of the City Council and barangay captains, NOCHP program manager Roy Balicas, executive assistant to the governor, Nonong Verdeflor, Provincial Planning and Development coordinator and NOCHP Core Group head, Ma. Lina Sanogal, and NOCHP Management Office Head, Mina Pellejo, among others, the press release added.*

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PAMET to hold
scientific gab

The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists Inc. -- Negros Occidental Chapter will hold its second quarter scientific seminar and workshop at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 17, a PAMET press release said.

The activity will tackle topics that will be of help to all medical technologists.

These are: “Platelet Count: A Diagnostic Tool in Hemorrhagic Diseases" by Dr Larnie Vencer; "Platelet Count Worshop: A Diagnostic Review" by Elsa Juanillo; "Interpersonal Relationship in Workplace: A must Practice in the Medical Technology Profession" by Dr. Jeffrey Uy.

Dr. Efren Dimaano will shed light on the topic: “Thrombocytopenia in Infectious Disease Assessment,", the press release said.

Interested parties may call the CSA-B Clinical Laboratory at 4342471 local 134; Doms Maestral – 09204059296; April de la Rama – 09166809963; or Michael Acosido – 09176008566, the press release added.*

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New church organized

Forty-six persons have joined the newly organized New Horizon Bible Church in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, a press release said.

The church is located at Rizal Street of the city and the pastor is Noel Yap.

Rev. Joel Idurot, head pastor of One body Christian Ministry under the Southern Baptist, met Yap and church members in La Carlota City, and set the guidelines before its affiliation, the press release said.

Officers of Southern Baptist will again come to La Carlota for the commissioning of Yap, the press release said.

Activities to be undertaken by the church are an outreach program in Brgy. Cubay, La Carlota City, and the holding of Bible studies in the houses of members and those interested, it also said.

The church welcomes those who wish to be members, the press release added. *

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Health cards given in Talisay
PAMET to hold scientific gab
New church organized

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