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Friday, September 7, 2012

HIV & AIDS Core Team (HACT) in WESTERN VISAYAS

According to the PHILIPPINE NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL Policy on Implementing Rules and Regulations on STD/HIV/AIDS:

All hospitals and other appropriate health care facilities shall establish an HIV/AIDS Core Team (HACT).
HACT is multi-disciplinary group of health workers with policy-making, implementing, coordinating, assessing, training, research and other project development functions on matters related to the diagnosis, management and care of HIV/AIDS patients and the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS infection in the hospital. Its primary objectives are to facilitate the provision of safe, comprehensive and compassionate care to HIV/AIDS patients by properly trained personnel; to mobilize hospital and community resources towards minimizing the impact of HIV/ AIDS infection on the patient and his family; and to coordinate all efforts to prevent and control the transmission of HIV/AIDS infection.

The functions of HACT include:
  1. Implement hospital guidelines on the comprehensive care and management of HIV/AIDS patients;
  2. Provide care and counseling to HIV/AIDS patients;
  3. Promote prevention and control measures/strategies such as health education and hospital infection control;
  4. Facilitate inter- and intra- departmental/agency coordination including referral system and networking;
  5. Perform training and research activities on HIV/AIDS;
  6. Provide recommendations on hospital planning and development related to HIV/AIDS;
  7. Monitor compliance of ethico-moral guidelines for HIV/AIDS including confidentiality of records and reports and release of information;
  8. Update records and submit reports to concerned offices; and
  9. Conduct monitoring and evaluation activities.
HACT shall be composed of five (5) to seven (7) members, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  1. Doctors;
  2. Nurses;
  3. Medical social workers; and
  4. Medical technologists
The criteria for selecting HACT members include:
  1. Commitment to accept responsibilities and perform the tasks of HACT members;
  2. With permanent position, resident physician or specialist;
  3. Willingness to undergo training in clinical management and care of HIV/AIDS patients; and
  4. High respect for medical confidentiality
In addition to the criteria for a HACT member, the criteria for the selection of a HACT leader include:
  1. Commitment to accept responsibilities and perform the tasks of a HACT leader;
  2. High level of knowledge of the program, including positive attitudes for the clients of the program;
  3. Preferably an infections disease consultant or an internist with a permanent specialist position in the hospital; and
  4. Preferably has a direct involvement in the care and management of patients in the hospital

WHAT DO WE HAVE AT WESTERN VISAYAS NOW?
     
> 2 TREATMENT HUBS
     WESTERN VISAYAS MEDICAL CENTER @ Q. Abeto St., Mandurriao, Iloilo City
     CORAZON LOCSIN MONTELIBANO MEMORIAL REGIONAL HOSPITAL @ Lacson Street  Bacolod City 
> 1 CD4 MACHINE @  WESTERN VISAYAS MEDICAL CENTER
> 16 HOSPITALS WITH ASSIGNED HIV/AIDS Core Team (HACT) STAFF
> 18 SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINICS
> 63 LOCAL AIDS COUNCILS
> ORGANIZED PLHIV SUPPORT GROUPS: EMPOWERED & UNITED WESTERN VISAYAS INCORPORATED in ILOILO CITY and CROSSBREEDS in BACOLOD CITY
> HALFWAY HOME @ STA. BARBARA SANITARIUM (WESTERN VISAYAS SANITARIUM)
> Functional REGIONAL MULTI-SECTORAL PARTNERSHIP for STI, HIV and AIDS PREVENTION and CONTROL (RMPSHAPC)

WESTERN VISAYAS MEDICAL CENTER - HIV & AIDS CORE TEAM (HACT) is located at Q. Abeto St., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.


Route Map from Jaro Plaza (blue circle) to Western Visayas Medical Center (red circle)
Location of Western Visayas Medical Center (red circle)
Picture of WESTERN VISAYAS MEDICAL CENTER
HACT (HIV/AIDS Core Team)  Office
HACT (HIV/AIDS Core Team)  Office


The HACT (HIV/AIDS Core Team)  Office started out year 1995 and it was lead by Dr. Nelson Flotilde as the HACT Leader. The HACT Team is composed of a HACT Chairman, a Nurse, a Medical Technologist and a Social Worker trained by Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
After 2years it was turned over to Dr. Ray Celis who is now the HACT Leader.
WVMC-HACT Office is situated beside the Department of Internal Medicine and in front of the Nursing Service Office.

 
WVMC-HACT Office offers FREE Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT).
Office hours are weekdays 8am-4pm, closed during weekends and holidays.
For Inquiries Please Contact the HACT Office at  (033) 321-0552 or 09278230300 / 09323298893



SOURCE: http://www.pnac.org.ph/index.php?page=implementing-rules-and-regulations



Jake Positive. BE SAFE +)

18 comments:

  1. Hi jake! kmusta na? I'm one of the participants during hiv/aids on ilonggo youths @ Sarabia Hotel. I am a student nurse and my research problem is about youth awareness on hiv/aids in our school. I would like to ask a copy of a statistical data shown during the seminar. and btw, congratulations! keep up the good work. God bless! :)

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    1. Hi,

      The statistical data was reported by a different person. You should try to contact them and ask for it. Not all information that was provided are for public consumption.

      But I can give you a reference site where you can get the national statistics
      http://jakepositive.blogspot.com/2012/08/philippine-hiv-aids-registry.html
      http://www.pnac.org.ph/index.php?page=philippine-hiv-and-aids-registry
      http://www.doh.gov.ph/disease-surveillance.html

      if you have questions feel free to send me a message

      -jake

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  2. Hi Jake, thanks a lot for being so kind in sharing your insights and experiences. You really inspire me to be of service also to our community. God bless you always. Keep it up! Your untiring efforts are much appreciated.

    -Francis-

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  3. Sir I want to get tested. Does HACT or Social hygiene clinic offer anonymous testing? Do hygiene clinics offer free hiv test too? thank you in advance...

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    1. All of HIV Testing Centers are required to provide Confidential, Anonymous HIV Testing. If you notice anything wrong about their procedures feel free to drop a message.

      BE SAFE

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  4. Hi Jake, kudos for the invaluable information you are posting, helping people of getting rid of the stigma associated with having an HIV test..

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  5. I just came across this blog and I wanted to ask if these HIV Home Kits are available here in the PH as OTC?? I hope you could respond. Thank you! :)

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    1. Hi, There is no OVER THE COUNTER HIV HOME TEST KITS here in the Philippines. Testing here in the Philippines is done by a HIV testing Facility Licensed by the Department of Health and the Facility should have a Trained HIV Counselor who provides PRE-TEST Counseling prior to the actual Testing. And the blood is extracted by an HIV PROFICIENT Medical Technologists who is the only one licensed to perform the HIV Testing.

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  6. Gud day!
    There is a free hiv test and screening @ the wvmc manduriao?

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    1. YES. HIV Testing in Western Visayas Medical Center is FREE. We accept walk-ins so feel free to visit us weekdays around 9am-4pm. Pls be reminded that we are closed during holidays. If you have questions feel free to reach me at 09278230300.

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  7. Thank you very much sir/mam

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  8. Hi Jake! Is the hact center in Western Viasayas Medical Center still active? I've been trying to reach you via phone number provided but I received no response. I want to visit your good office and get tested, please advise. Thank you!

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  9. hi, m helping one of the nurses there in WVMC to do a research about the treatment adherence of HIV clients in iloilo city, i tried the link that you've posted here but it seems that the link is not working. i am trying to find a tool to measure medication compliance, do you have an suggestions? thank you =)

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    1. What link? If yopu are to conduct that specific study it is best to consult it with WVMC-HACT beacuse they are the one's who facilitate the teartemtn of patients and maybe they can help you with the data that you need.

      -jake

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  10. Hi, Im a medical resident here in SPH..i have a research study regarding the profile of patients diagnose of HIV here in our institution, may i ask if you have a local data here in iloilo..i want numbers only..thank you :)

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  11. Hi Nong Jake. I just wanna ask if okay nga interviewhon ta ka about your life, about being HIV positive? Really need gd bi. Thank you in advance!

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