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PRESS STATEMENT – TETANUS VACCINATION CAMPAIGN


Press-ReleasePRESS STATEMENT BY THE ATHEISTS IN KENYA ON THE ONGOING NATIONAL TETANUS VACCINATION CAMPAIGN IN 60 DISTRICTS IN KENYA

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:

  • That the Catholic Church is not a key stakeholder in matters of health and other medical campaigns in Kenya. The ministry of Health should not feel compelled to include them in any campaign that touches on the health of the Kenyan people.
  • Any public awareness campaign on matters of health must not include the Catholic Church. The government should conduct its own awareness campaign, and have qualified medical personnel assist in such campaigns.
  • The allegations that the Catholic Church is making regarding Tetanus Toxoid vaccine (TT) being laced with Beta human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG) sub unit has to be verified by the relevant medical authorities. The Kenyan Government has the qualified personel to verify such information. The Catholic Church has no role in the matter at all.

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.

Harrison Mumia

PRESIDENT, Atheist In Kenya

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4 comments on “PRESS STATEMENT – TETANUS VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

  1. munge
    October 14, 2014

    absolutely..!

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    • Agnes
      October 16, 2014

      The bishops have based their opposition of the TT vaccine on verifiable data. Can you also challenge them with scientific evidence? and if you didn’t know why the catholic church is an authority in health care delivery, here is the reason………….”The Church has an extensive network of health facilities that include 54 hospitals, 83 health centers, 311 dispensaries and 17 medical training institutions. Our health facilities offer a wide range preventive and curative health services, including vaccination. The Catholic Church coordinates these services through the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, an arm of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), based at the Kenya Catholic”…..and more to that most of these facilities are located where no other stakeholder in health matters has ventured

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      • Gin
        October 28, 2014

        Where is this “verifiable data” by the Catholic church Agnes?

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  2. amy
    October 15, 2014

    The church has presented a valid scientific concern not a religious based one. Give us a valid scientific proof that the drug is okay. It is not like its not been done before.
    The Catholic church also provides healthcare to a good number of Kenyans. They even have health centres in remote places where even the Ministry of health is absent. The vaccine may have to go through their hospitals so yeah they are stakeholders. Before you come out fighting consider this.
    They may be wrong but then they may be right cause the bone of contention here is not religious but scientific.
    I do not agree with their views on contraceptives even though am a Christian but they have raised a valid concern. The lacing of a drug with another has been done before.
    Quick question? are you a stakeholder in Kenyan healthcare? do u have a lab where you tested the drug?

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