Guiness World Book of Records rejects Marikina "Circumcision Party" due to hygiene and health risks

( The Guiness World Book of Records has rejected the Philippines' attempt to set a world record for most number of circumcisions at one time due to hygiene considerations and risks, reports  

Held in a sports stadium in Marikina on May 7,  the event aimed to promote safe circumcision and to offer to poor residents free surgery that would otherwise cost at least $40 in private hospitals, reports the AP. According to city health officer Dr. Alberto Herrera, more than 1,500 boys aged nine and up availed of the free service at the so-called "Circumcision Party" by mid-afternoon while many were still waiting in line.

"We applied to the Guinness Book of World Records and we are recording everything so we can send all the data to them and hopefully it will be recognized," said Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz. However, Guiness World Book of Records spokeswoman Jamie Panas told AOL News that the organization "does not recognize the number of medical procedures within a set period of time or in a mass group due to hygiene considerations and risks." Panas added, "Medical procedures should be undertaken only on the advice of a doctor and the patients’ welfare should always be the primary concern."

In 2002, Marikina set the world record for creating the world's largest pair of shoes.


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