By: Julie M. Aurelio Philippine Daily Inquirer January 20, 2018 The Department of Health (DOH) is urging pregnant women in Metro Manila and Cebu City to avail themselves of free human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing at health centers in their communities. Dr. Gerard Belimac, program manager of the DOH’s National HIV-STI Prevention Program, said pregnant women could be tested for HIV as part of their prenatal check-up. He said an HIV test, voluntary under the law, is similar to testing for syphilis or hepatitis. “We won’t force them. But we are not closing doors to them. In their next prenatal…News and tagged Boy Abunda, HIV Testing, HIV_AIDS, Philippine Daily Inquirer on .
By: Jocelyn R. Uy – Reporter Philippine Daily Inquirer January 29, 2017 As a young boy, Alih Sali would hear stories of mothers and their babies dying during childbirth “because of poverty, the lack of knowledge on health issues and the need to endure long travel on rough roads to get to the nearest hospital in town,” the former police inspector and now vice mayor of Akbar, Basilan, recalled. But going around the province as a police officer made Sali realize how other towns had grappled with the same problem and made their health systems work. “I…Advocacy and tagged Boy Abunda, Motherhood, Philippine Daily Inquirer on .