Dentist performs circumcisions, gets blamed for infections

by Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2011 08:41 PM | Updated as of May 28 2011 05:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Parents of 2 boys, "Phillip", 14 and "Robin", 11, complained to ABS-CBN News on Friday about a dentist in their barangay who performed circumcision on the boys.

Erlinda Frayna and Rosemarie Capad say their children's penises got infected after Dr. Ronald Espulgar performed circumcision on the 2 boys.

Philip's case, in particular, worried him and his mom after his penis bled continuously when he got home.

"Hindi naman po dapat niya tuliin na hindi niya po trabaho," said Capad.

The 2 boys were brought to the hospital where it was confirmed that their organs were inflamed. They were prescribed antibiotics and sent home afterwards.

Espulgar was out of town when ABS-CBN News tried to get his side. On the phone he explained that although he is a dentist, he has been doing circumcisions since the 1990s and is trained to do so.

He said his services were called upon by Dr. Ted Santos, who is the chairman of the health committee in Barangay Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City. Both of them performed free circumcisions to residents in the barangay for "Oplan Tuli".

Santos said he has performed many other circumcisions with Espulgar, and vouched for his friend's capability.

Santos said Espulgar has nothing to gain from doing the circumcisions and only wanted to help. He also added that he saw the 2 boys after their circumcision, and believes that they got an infection because they did not properly clean the wound.

"It is an open wound, kaya kinakailangan alam ng mga magulang na linisin din," said Santos.

But the parents of the two boys who got an infection said Espulgar should stop performing circumcisions and just stick to what he knows best -- treating dental problems.