Monday, 07 December 2020 01:31

HIV positive patients need more care during pandemic

“If healthy individuals are having a hard time these days accessing health care be it for regular check-ups or medical requirements, how much more those with underlying conditions,” according to Fr. Manuel Abogado, Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Healthcare in an interview with the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrated the annual National Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Sunday on December 6, 2020.

Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, Bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Cavite, which is also the Cathedral of the diocese.

This year's theme for the celebration was “Ending the HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC: Resilience and Impact”. National AIDS Sunday is celebrated “to raise awareness and express support for people living with HIV-AIDS and those who care for them our sorrow for those who have died, and our share in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” according to Fr. Abogado.

With the presence of COVID-19, Fr. Abogado added that the people should all the more show love and care for our brothers and sisters who are infected with HIV-AIDS.

“While it may be that today we are confronted with COVID-19, it does not negate the fact that we have our brothers and sisters suffering from other illnesses or diseases like HIV-AIDS. With COVID-19, the more that we have to be aware of their plight,” he said.

Like Jesus Christ who suffered and died on the cross, Fr. Abogado stressed that there is hope for these people, and “they too can pass over from sickness to health, from death to life.”

“Being infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS, does not necessarily mean the end, it could be a beginning of a fruitful and meaningful service and life in the Lord. We bring hope. As Christians, our resilience emanates from our relationship with Jesus himself. We pray and care for everyone as we celebrate the National Aids Day/ Sunday,” said Fr. Abogado.

The event was organized by the Ministry on Healthcare of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Catholic HIV and AIDS Network (PHILCHAN) Luzon.

As of August 2019, the Department of Health (DOH) AIDS Registry in the Philippines reported 69,629 cumulative cases since 1984. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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