A total of 49 brave youngsters from Barangay Malativas, Panabo City benefited the free circumcision “Operation Tuli”- over the weekend on May 10. The said activity is supported by different groups from REACT Echo Group of Panabo, Panabo Multipurpose Cooperative, 5th CRG, CRSAFP, and Medical Team from 10th Infantry Division, 69th IB-1003rd Brigade, Camp Panacan Station Hospital- NFEM and all Barangay Staff of Malativas.
According to Dr Albert Cainglet, of REACT Echo Group “through circumcision there are a lot of health benefits that helps to maintain good health, hygiene, (especially for boys) and safe for bad bacteria that may cause Urinary Tract Infections”, he said.
“Through the help and support of Panabo Multipurpose Cooperative in donating medicines, operating materials such surgical set, kidney basin, needle holder, tissue forceps, mosquito forces, surgical scissors, soaking basins, eyesheets, sutures, cotton balls, OS, syringe, liducaine, betadine, alcohol, pick-up forces, amoxicillin, mefenamic acid, soaking solution, gloves and water, we able to finish the operation in just three (3) hours”, Dr Cainglet said.
Capt Jose Lorenzo Rollo, Medical Officer from Camp Panacan Station Hospital also cited that “Circumcision is very important, not only for medical purposes but for health also. It is also a protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners. Prevention also of balantis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin)”, he said.
“The benefit of circumcision is to prevent cancer of the cervix in women is due to the Human Papilloma Virus. It thrives under and on the foreskin from where it can be transmitted during intercourse”, he added.
Group Chief of REACT Echo Mr Kenny Allan Benigno once said, “As part of our advocacy through health care program, we extend medical assistance such as Operation Tuli for free. We include the military as our ultimate partners in serving the community by giving basic services just like this”, he added.
Mrs Lorencia Dayanan, a parent once said “We are so lucky that out 40 barangays under Panabo City, Malativas is one of the beneficiaries and it’s our first time and we are glad to see the military bringing free services like Operation Tuli”, she said.
Meanwhile, 1LT Roda M Leoncito (INF) PA, Deputy Commander of 5th CRG, would like to laud all the participating groups in serving the people through giving medical care and attention. A total of 29 kids also benefited the oral and dental cleaning.