Patrangiradar jambry The incidence of HIV/AIDS in children fluctuates every year. Based on data from the Gember Health Office (Dinks), the number of children living with HIV in Gember Regency has fluctuated. However, serious treatment is needed so that the next generation of the country does not suffer from this disease.
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Based on the latest statistics, the number of children with HIV in Jember is 26 children who have HIV. They are 0 to 19 years old (read graphic). The presence of HIV in this child does not silence the health office. Several steps and actions have been taken by the agencies concerned.
Dr. Rita Wahyuningsih, Head of the Office of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (P2PM) Jamber Health, said that so far various efforts have been made to prevent and treat children with HIV. According to him, the implementation is getting stronger. screening HIV in pregnant women (pregnant women) and continues until now.
That said, the process screening This is done to find out early whether pregnant women are infected or not. and to protect children from infection. Effort to start This therapy is offered by the Office of Health for people who are classified as having HIV (PLHIV). “Also, do screening We also continue to focus on HIV in ODHV children and mothers,” he said.
The Office of Health provides therapy and prevention of HIV in infants. In addition to prevention and treatment efforts, the Office of Health also looks at the human side of HIV patients. “Therefore, we coordinate with the social service in providing support to people at risk,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Ririn Wahyuningtystutik, a pediatrician at Jamber Lung Hospital, said prevention is better than cure. This is important for preventing HIV in children. There are four steps you can take to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Ririn said. Namely preventing HIV from a productive age, preventing unplanned pregnancy in HIV-infected mothers as it affects their ARF drug administration, and preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission in the womb.
“(Again, red) support for the care and treatment of HIV-infected children,” he said. ARF therapy is useful for reducing the amount of virus in the blood. So the risk of transmission to the child will be reduced.
According to him, healthcare workers should be the first line in the matter of prevention and treatment related to HIV. Starting with Posayandu and Puskesmas to provide information to the public, because sometimes too many people are uninformed. “Therefore, there is a need to encourage the provision of education about HIV so that parents can prevent growth and transmission to their children,” Ririn explained.
In many cases, there are residents who are sometimes not aware, but suddenly become infected with HIV. This is why children are at a greater risk of transmission. “Not blaming the mother, sometimes there may be no information and maybe even shyness. Therefore, the information should be comprehensive,” explained Rita.
According to him, the entire community is aware of information like Kovid-19., nahSocialization about HIV prevention should also continue so that the public can understand. Education related to HIV prevention and treatment needs to be encouraged at all levels. “What should be done if a child is infected with HIV (not everyone knows, ed.). Therefore, you have to move from the bottom line,” he concluded. (mg2/c2/nur)