Major health problem among Ngäbe Buglé young

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The  Ministry of Health (Minsa) recognized on Tuesday October 29 that there is a health problem in the Ngäbe Buglé region  related to sexually transmitted infections and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), especially in its young population.

The director of Indigenous Health Affairs, Patricio Montezuma, stressed that all this is due to lack of information and sexual education, an issue that they are evaluating together with authorities of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development.

Montezuma's statements follow  a study by the Gorgas Memorial Institute of  700 young people between 14 and 19 years of age  reflected results of HIV prevalence in women of 0.4% while in men of 1.0%. 

As for active syphilis, it was detected in 1.3% in women and 6.6% in men. Herpes simplex was also found in 16.1% of women and 16.1% of men, in addition to hepatitis B in 1.3% of females and 1.4% of adolescents.

Other sexually transmitted infections that were detected were gonorrhoeae neisseria , a virus that produces gonorrhea, in 1.8% of women and 1.7% of men; as well as chlamydiain 17.5% of adolescents and 10.7% of men who said they had sex at least once in their life.

“Girls and boys students require more information,” said Montezuma, who highlighted the importance of the Gorgas study in 20 schools in this indigenous region.

For Montezuma, the only way to improve this reality is to carry out promotional campaigns not only in the Minsa facilities but also in the Ministry of Education.

"Ngäbe students are victims of a social system that has been coming for decades," he said.

According to Gorgas research, developed last year and published this year, indigenous adolescents who attend school in the rural areas of the Ngäbe Buglé region have a “substantial burden of sexually transmitted infections..


Comments 2


Five years ago I was admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain and fever, and was diagnosed with Hepatitis B. I was discharged after 2 weeks, I was on Hepsera for few months. But the mild pains still persist on the right side of my abdomen. Two years ago, I learnt about a successful Hepatitis B Virus treatment from Herbal Health Point (ww w. herbalhealthpoint. c om), I was on the treatment for over 7 months and tested negative to the virus after I completed the treatment. Its almost unbelievable how effective the treatment was alleviating the virus. I completed the treatment two years ago and still negative!

6 months ago

It is inconceivable that we read of this in a public forum, while at the same time, the needed information is kept secret from those who need it. There is no justification, especially not in religion, for this censoring! In the name of what purpose, does it make sense to allow people to spread and be infected with diseases, simply because they are sexually transmitted???? If we can discuss it here, we can discuss it there.

7 months ago
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