No mass circumcisions in Cebu City due to virus

Published May 7, 2021, 2:00 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Some older boys here will have to wait a little longer before they can undergo the so-called rite of passage into puberty.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) here has disallowed circumcision drives or “Operation: Tuli” to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

It is usually during summer that circumcision drives are being conducted.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, chief of the EOC, said some groups have already requested to allow them to conduct Operation: Tuli but the requests were turned down as such activities may violate some health protocols.

Because of the current health crisis, circumcision is not essential, Garganera said.

“Tuli is not allowed for now. Not essential,” Garganera added.

Garganera said it cannot be prevented that shouting and crying will happen during circumcision and it will increase the risk of spreading the virus.

“Crying and shouting can aerosolize droplets allowing them to travel beyond six feet,” said Garganera.

Those who really want to be circumcised should instead visit hospitals or health centers instead of participating in mass circumcisions, Garganera said.