By APA-Nairobi Kenya, 9/11/2017
Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday claimed that at least 500,000 young girls and women may be infertile, following a tetanus vaccine administered by the government in 2014 and 2015.
While addressing the media in Nairobi, Odinga said girls and women aged between 14 and 49 from the fastest growing populations in the country will not have children, because of a state-sponsored sterilization exercise that was sold to the country as a tetanus vaccination.
The Catholic Church was ignored when it mounted a strong but lonely campaign against the mass tetanus vaccination, after it raised concerns about the safety of the vaccine that was being used, he said.
At the time, the Catholic Church in Kenya claimed that the tetanus vaccine used by the government of Kenya and UN agencies was contaminated with a hormone (hCG) that can cause miscarriages and render some women sterile.
“The Church’s position was informed by what had happened in Mexico, Nicaragua and Philippines, where the various governments together with WHO/UNICEF had conducted similar campaigns using tetanus toxoid impregnated with beta human chorionic gonadotropin (BhCG) that causes permanent infertility among girls and women,” Odinga continued.
He castigated the government for proceeding with the programme without providing any proof that the Church was wrong.
They had received analysis of samples that were used in this exercise, which they proceeded to cross check with other experts, he went on.
“Today, we can confirm to the country that the Catholic Church was right. Hundreds of thousands of our girls and women, aged between 14 and 49, from the fastest growing populations in the country will not have children, because of the state-sponsored sterilization that was sold to the country as tetanus vaccination,” he declared.
Odinga further charged that they accessed the analysis from four highly-regarded institutions, such as agriQ Quest Ltd, the Nairobi Hospital Laboratories, the University of Nairobi and Lancet Kenya.
“These results all indicate that the Tetanus Toxoid Vaccine had high contents of beta human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (BhCG) that causes sterility in women.”
According to Odinga, the government, for some mysterious reason, was hell bent on misleading the country, while intentionally sterilizing Kenyan girls and women.
“The vaccines were a great crime committed against women. Women should choose when to have children and how to space them,” he said.
At the time, the government rubbished the claims by the Catholic Church, saying the vaccine was safe.
UNICEF and the World Health Organization later confirmed that the vaccines were safe and procured from a pre-qualified manufacturer. They noted that the church lacked any evidence to back up their claims.