CITY OF MALOLOS – Another recognition was added to the roster of awards received by the Provincial Government of Bulacan as the Bulacan Medical Center’s Luntiang Silong facility bagged two major awards as a champion in both Linkage to Care and Differentiated Service Delivery and Case Management categories at the recently concluded Quality Uptake and Improvements in Lifesaving Treatment Services (QUILTS) Awards 2022 held at the Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City Hall Complex, Caruncho Ave, Pasig, Metro Manila last May 31, 2022.
The facility serves as the province’s response in providing proper care for Bulakenyos who tested positive for HIV and aims to educate people not only to develop and maintain safer behaviors, but also to provide a safe space to reduce discrimination towards people living with HIV (PLHIV).
According to Ronchie D. Santos, HIV Unit Nurse Supervisor, the facility received trophies and certificates of recognition for its outstanding accomplishments in the provision of care and treatment services to people living with HIV especially during the early years of the pandemic.
“Sa panahon ng pandemya, ang Luntiang Silong ay hindi natigil maibigay ang serbisyong kailangan ng ating mga PLHIV (People Living with HIV). Tayo mismo ang nanguna na sila ang matest/masuri. Tayo mismo ang pumunta sa kanilang mga bahay-bahay at lahat ng ating mga nasuring positibo ay agad-agad nakakuha ng gamutan sa loob lang ng isang araw,” Santos said.
Governor Daniel R. Fernando said that HIV should not be taken lightly and encouraged Bulakenyos to be tested to further prevent the virus from spreading.
“Ang pagkakaroon po ng HIV ay hindi dapat ipinagsasawalang bahala. Kung ito ay hindi papansinin at hindi magagamot, magtutuloy-tuloy po ito bilang AIDS na mas delikado sa immune system. Napaka delikado po nito kaya naman nariyan ang ating Luntiang Silong para magbigay ng mga serbisyo at kaalaman kung paano natin lalaban ang sakit na ito. Hinihikayat ko rin ang ating mga kababayan na hangga’t maaari ay magpa-test para tuluyan nating maiwasan ang pagkalat nitong HIV,” the governor said.
Moreover, the Luntiang Silong was also a finalist for Top RHIVDA Facility for being the fastest to construct such facility and the Meycauayan City Primary HIV Care Clinic which also bagged the Adherence Award.
QUILTS Awards is an award giving body which recognizes partner facilities and organizations that provide treatment services to PLHIVs.