Operation ‘Tuli’ serves 150 boys PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2014 11:38

At least 150 boys ages 5 to 17 have availed of the free circumcision as part of the city government’s annual program dubbed as “Operation Tuli” at the City Health Office yesterday morning.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who has identified health as one of her administration’s priorities, found time to personally make the rounds of the boys undergoing circumcision.

There would have been more boys circumcised, however, many had backed out from the queue, obviously for fear of pain.

Others cried silently, some bit their lips in pain and still most of them covered their eyes with handkerchiefs but had themselves circumcised just the same. There were few who braved the pain and appeared relax.

Circumcision is conducted during summer vacation when boys are out of schools.

Tulì is a Filipino rite of male circumcision. It has a long historical tradition and is considered a rite of passage; boys who have not undergone the ritual are labelled supót and face ridicule from their peers.

By tradition, a circumciser would tell the patient to chew guava leaves and then simply cut off the foreskin of the boy with a sharp knife. The boy is then to wash off in the cold waters of a nearby river and to apply the masticated guava leaves as a poultice on the wound.

Circumcision is believed to have various health benefits, including easier hygiene, decreased risk of urinary tract infections, decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections, prevention of penile problems, and decreased risk of penile cancer. — Vic Larato