BC HIV-AIDS Cases Drop in National Ranking (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/18/13 by Daniel Angel)

Tijuana, BC - Baja California has dropped in its place on the list of HIV-AIDS cases nationally, said Dr. Remedios Lozada, researcher of HIV at the Health Jurisdiction Program No. 2 of the Ministry of Health (SSA).

"Right now we are among the top 10 places, before we were in first or second", she said without specifying the place currently occupied by the region. She added that more than 6,000 cases have accumulated in Baja California and in recent years they are reporting around 200 cases annually, while in previous years it had more than 300.

She said that in addition to having more cases, they’ve had less detection and now they have increased actions for the detection of the disease concentrated in groups who are well defined, such as drug-injecting users and commercial sex workers. For this reason, commented Dr. Remedios Lozada, the main routes of transmission are still through sex, blood and perinatal.

"We have a controlled epidemic," said the researcher at the HIV Program in the area that includes Tijuana, Tecate and Rosarito beaches. http://www.oem.com.mx/elsoldetijuana/notas/n2846812.htm

45 Days Given to Resolve Semefo Conflict (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/18/13 by Adam Mondragon)

Tijuana, BC – The situation that originated with employees of the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) who still did not receive their salary should be resolved in 45 days, reported the local legislator Ricardo Magaña.

In an interview, the PAN Legislator commented that a series of misunderstandings between the authorities of the Judiciary, the Executive of the State and the Institute of Sciences Forensic (ICF) have caused these problems for approximately 65 employees of the Semefo.

In the presentation of the budget expenditure by the State Executive to the local Congress, they labeled about 25 million pesos, ($1.9 million US) which was intended to cover operating expenses and salaries of the employees of the Semefo. However, with the approval of the creation of the Institute of Forensic Sciences (ICF), it was also determined the transfer of the resources was to be used by the director for the recent creation of the Institute.

The lawmaker argued that it may take less time to replace the movable and immovable property from the Judiciary to the ICF, "but are giving a peremptory term of 45 days". Despite these administrative problems the judiciary does not know why the salary of the employees of the Semefo has been retained, but they are apparently going to release the resources.

It should be recalled a couple of days ago, employees of the Semefo gave statements to the media to expose their dissatisfaction for not receiving wages for the second half of December.

In conclusion, Ricardo Magaña said another of the concerns of the employees of the Semefo was working conditions with which they talked about with the judiciary, but these did not result in modifications to the ICF.

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