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DoH chief cabral pressured by CBCP to resign but will continue to distribute condoms

dr. cabral, DoH chief - kudos!

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.

here is more:

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.

read in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100223-254899/DoH-chief-to-keep-on-distributing-condoms–to-stop-HIV-AIDS

  1. Estipona ng Davao
    February 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Distributing free condoms,is an effective stop gap measure to minimize spread of STD and unwanted pregnancies for those who can’t control their passion.For Sec,Cabral,I’d admire her on how she perform her job despite objections from the president and the roman catholic church.Keep the good job,ma’m.God bless you and your family.

  2. February 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Keep up the good work Dr. Cabral. I am also a health care professional living in the US. It is part of our effort to educate the public to prevent and minimize the spread of HIV and other diseases. One ot them is the distribution of condom. As the head of the DOH, distribution of condom is not enough to combat the epidemic. The Public Health Department and other agencies should geared up more by going door to door and setting up multiple booth in every school, malls, or any public places to provide education etc. We don’t hear any objection from the Catholic priest here that they are against using condom as a form of contraception. Only in the Philippines. This is an immoral attitude of the Philippine Catholic priest.

    • February 25, 2010 at 10:02 am

      dr. cabral says it is now an epedimic. we are seeing a doubling of number of cases year to year.

  3. ed valenciano
    February 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Sec Cabral is doing a great service to the nation by not minding the threats of the Catholic church. It is time we faced this epidemic squarely, and Sec Cabral is right on the dot. We should not allow the church to get on the way. We are not the Catholic Republic of the Philippines, are we?

    • February 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      i agree with you. the HIV/AIDS an epedimic! imagine that. she is right to fixing that. we all be harmed by this if unchecked.

  4. February 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    If AIDS is an issue of morality, I wonder what percentage of all HIV patients are Catholics.

  5. swan princess
    March 1, 2010 at 12:59 am

    go sec cabral! you’re doing a good job.

  6. -Samia-
    April 19, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Go sec cabral. religion alone cannot solve this problem. sec-cabral is just being realistic that the only way to solve this problem is prevention and not thru prayers.

  7. ed valenciano
    April 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Dr Cabral is doing the right thing. She should not be cowed by the church. She will not go to hell if she distributes condoms and supports the Repro Bill pending in congress. I am a Catholic, but I will admit that the church’s stand on the repro bill is off tangent. Let us support Dr Cabral. Aids, over population; population control………..we must be serious with these issues. Now is the time, not tomorrow.

  1. February 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

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