Jayapura, 7/2 (Jubi) – The case of people living with HIV/AIDS in Jayapura Municipality is categorized high. As of 30 September 2013, the case of people living with HIV/AIDS in Jayapura Municipality reaches 3,432 cases and put it in the second rank of the region with the highest case of people living with HIV/AIDS in Papua Province.
“As of 30 September 2013, there are 15,577 HIV/AIDS cases in Papua Province. And for Jayapura Municipality there are 3,432 cases which are 172 were died,” Vice Mayor of Jayapura Municipality Dr. Nur Alam, M.Si told to the reporters after giving a lecturer at STIKOM Muhammadiyah Jayapura, Papua, Thursday (6/2).
Nur Alam said the figures are the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Jayapura Municipality since it was revealed in 1992. In Papua Province, Jayapura Municipality is ranked in the second position after Timika Municipality for the number of people living with HIV/AIDS. According to Nur Alam, this figures doesn’t mean that the municipality government was not capable to address this problem.
“There are several factors. It could be happened because of not all patients who came to Jayapura have the ID cards. Also it could be happened because of the patients came from the nearby districts due to the more completed medical facilities in Jayapura. And also it could be happened because of the lack of awareness in the community to conduct a medical check up for HIV/AIDS in the hospital,” he said.
According to Nur Alam, the government currently has already opened the Community Health Center that provide the public services for 24 hours that will facilitate people to conduct the early check-up.
“Unfortunately, most of patients came for treatment or check for HIV/AIDS after the stage of high stadium. We asked people to do a check up more quickly. The sooner is better, because at the law stadium, the disease still can be good treated, not for full recovery but to slow the virus improvement and the patient could still be alive the next 5 – 10 years,” he said.
Related to a lecturer at STIKOM Muhammadiyah, Hendrikus Yeimo, one of students at STIKOM, said he was happy to get a new knowledge. “Sex education in school is important for the high school students considering the progress of information and communication right now,” he said. (Jubi/Aprila/rom)