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Having read the statement by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) with regard to the National Tetanus Vaccination campaign (http://www.kccb.or.ke/home/com/statements-com/press-statement-by-the-catholic-health-commission-of-kenya-kenya-conference-of-catholic-bishops-on-the-ongoing-national-tetanus-vaccination-campaign-in-60-districts-in-kenya/), we would like to state that the Catholic Church in Kenya is not an authority on matters of health in Kenya. We find it strange that of all the issues that currently face the country, including corruption, poverty and joblessness, the Catholic Church would purport to raise its voice on the noble cause of the Tetanus Vaccination campaign being spearheaded by the government.
The statement by the Catholic Church is a mockery on the Ministry of Health and the entire medical fraternity in Kenya. We know that the Catholic Church in Kenya has been against the use of condoms and other family planning methods, abortion, and therefore it is the one institution that has limited the freedoms of Kenyan women in regard to reproductive health; to this extend, they have no moral authority to give direction on matters of health in Kenya.
The Catholic Church cannot purport to be a voice on matters of Vaccination Campaigns in Kenya.
We would therefore like to state the following:
Finally, the issue of Vaccination is not a moral issue. It is a medical issue. If the Catholic Church was so concerned with the sanctity of Life and the dignity of the human person, it would focus more on poverty and other social ills that bedevil the country, instead of hiding behind a Tetanus Vaccination Campaign to propagate its conservative worldview.
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