Sunday February 19, 2017

500,000 Kenyan Women Sterilized

About 500,000 Kenyan women may not be able to have children after being injected with a contaminated tetanus vaccine. Photo: IRIN

NAIROBI – Catholic Church released a report stating approximately 500,000 women may never bear children after being injected with a contaminated tetanus vaccine in 2014

Catholic Church claims in its final report that the anti-pregnancy HCG hormone, was laced in the vials from the October tetanus vaccination drive. Kenya’s Parliament mandated a joint committee of experts to do tests, after the church opposed plans to vaccinate 2.3 million child-bearing women against tetanus.

“Thirty per cent of the vials collected during the tetanus vaccination campaign sponsored and funded by WHO and Unicef contained HCG,” says the report that the church-seconded experts released.

“It is both unethical and immoral for WHO and UNICEF to sponsor and fund and inhuman campaign like this in our country. They owe the defenseless, uninformed but trusting Kenyan children and women an apology,” Rev Kariuki said.

Head of Vaccine and Immunisation Services Dr Ephantus Maree said the vaccine used last year is the same routinely given to women in hospitals.

“We give the vaccine to women aged 14-49 years because they are in the child-bearing age. We began the campaigns in 2003, then in 2006, 2009 and this week’s will be the final one,” he told the Star last year.

The church now wants the ministry, and the UN  to apologise to Kenyans and stop any further vaccination campaigns.

SOURCE: theSTAR

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