On Apr. 25, 126 young boys ages five to 13 trooped to the barangay hall of Dobdob, Badian to avail of free circumcision offered to indigent children, a mission spearheaded by the offices of Provincial Board Members Christopher “Dong” Baricuatro and Peter John Calderon.
Sixty-two boys were immediately attended and circumcised that day while the remaining 64 boys were directed for free surgery at the Badian District Hospital.
The circumcision mission or “Operation Tuli,” usually conducted during summer because of the lengthy school break, is part of the Cebu Provincial Government’s social service program for local communities.
“Every summer, we conduct Operation Tuli so that parents of young boys need not spend for the circumcision. Fees for circumcision in a private hospital or clinic is expensive but they could avail of free services provided by the provincial government,” Dr. Manuel Purog of Provincial Health Office said.
More services delivered
Apart from the Operation Tuli, general medical check-up, oral care services, medicine distribution and vaccination for cattle, goats and carabaoes were also given.
About 500 senior citizens availed of free medical check-up and medicines. They were also beneficiaries of free packed goods that include three kilos of rice, noodles and sardines.
While parents were undergoing their medical check-up, their children were gathered by Ronnie Tan of the Cebu Rotary Club in one corner for a book reading session. Stories were in the dialect and dramatically read to facilitate effortless comprehension among the children.
Furthermore, Baricuatro and Calderon distributed one computer and a printer each to Barangay Sulsogan and Dagatan High School. Barangay Candiis received financial assistance worth Php 25,000.
Appreciative of the efforts
Dobdob barangay officials led by Barangay Captain Rene Torino and Badian municipal councilors aknowledged the Provincial Government and Provincial Board Members Baricuatro and Calderon for their efforts in making the program a success.
The mission was organized in collaboration with the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Social Welfare Development Office, and Provincial Veterinary’s Office, and in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cebu.