A total of 307 boys availed of free operation tuli in Kinatarcan Island, Sta. Fe, Cebu last May 29 and 30, 2021.
The activity was organized by the Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation Inc. (SNAF), the Bitoon Barangay Council and the Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. (VPHCS).
The activity was held in the Bitoon sports complex. Bitoon Barangay Captain Marcos Gilbuena facilitated the activity with the support of his personnel to ensure the orderliness of the boys and their parents and observance of the health protocols. Funds were also appropriated by his barangay for the food provisions for the activity.
The operation tuli was composed of 12 staff members and volunteers of the VPHCS, led by its program physician Dr. Erlinda Posadas, and 12 personnel of the Medellin Rural Health Unit led by its Municipal Health Officer Dr. Oliver Gimenez.
The VPHCS provided the surgical instruments of the tuli and prepared the supplies and medicines bought with funds from the SNAF. It also coordinated with Dr. Gimenez who willingly provided his personnel to serve in the tuli. The VPHCS is a non-government organization based in Cebu City that has, for the past three decades, worked with people’s organizations in marginalized communities in Cebu and Bohol to develop community-based health programs through the primary health care approach.