DoH chief cabral pressured by CBCP to resign but will continue to distribute condoms
we like dr. esperanza cabral already. she is the new DoH chief and shhe is hell bent on doing her job as DoH secretary. one sign – she will continue to distribute condoms as she sees condoms as good fix to the HIV/AIDS spread which she now calls an epidemic. she says it has been an epedimic but the government chose not to do anything about it and just stayed to watch it grow.
“We should be properly alarmed because as the (HIV-AIDS) data show, HIV-AIDS is an escalating problem,” she said.
She said that three years ago, one person was diagnosed as having HIV-AIDS every day. But in 2009, the rate rose to two persons with HIV-AIDS every day.
During the past two months, HIV-AIDS cases have “gone up to four persons diagnosed (with the disease) every day.”
“If you look at the graph on the incidence of HIV-AIDS over the past two decades, you will see that in the past, and I think this is why we became a little complacent about the problem, the doubling time for HIV-AIDS was 10 years. In other words, it took 10 years for the cases to double from, say 100 to 200.”
Today, “the doubling time is one year,” she said.
“So, at this rate, now we have a total of 4,400 cases of HIV-AIDS known to us. At the end of the year, that would be 8,800. If the doubling rate remains stable, at the end of 2011, that’s going to be 17,600. At the end of 2011, that’s going to be 34,400,” she warned.
“We really need to do something about it,” Cabral said.
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But Cabral in pushing for condom distribution said the country continued to exist as a “democratic secular state.”
“We are not a religious state, such as Iran. We are a secular state where there is separation of church from state,” she pointed out.
Cabral emphasized that “while it is very important for us to find out what they think, to cooperate with them in areas where we can be cooperating with, the government is the government and must do what it thinks is right for everybody.”
“Not everybody in the Philippines belongs to one church,” she also stressed.
At the same time, Cabral said they would always be “willing to discuss and negotiate (with Catholic Church officials).”
Some Catholic bishops wanted Cabral kicked out of office because of the DoH condom project, which they said could endanger the people’s morals.