The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging two separate United Nations organizations with knowingly sterilizing millions of women and young girls under their care without the patient's consent. The association claims that an anti-fertility drug was found in all batches of the new tetanus vaccine that were tested.
Kenya Today reports that the Catholic Doctors Association has no issue with the current vaccine regime in the country. In fact, the association gives out the same number of vaccines, more in many cases, than the public health system. However, the association has a concern with a new WHO/UNICEF sponsored tetanus immunization campaign launched last year in October ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus. It is targeted at girls and women between the ages of 14 – 49 (child-bearing age) and in 60 specific districts spread all around the country. The tetanus vaccine being used in this campaign has been imported into the country specifically for this purpose, and bears a different batch number from the regular tetanus shot.
The new vaccine campaign presented a number of red flags to the organization, so they decided to research the vaccine further. What they found has led them to warn young girls and women to stay away from the new tetanus vaccine and stick with the old one.
The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association notes that the normal tetanus shot is given for the following reasons.
- Immunize all children (both boys and girls) against tetanus with the first 3 primary vaccinations in early childhood.
- Pregnant women get two doses of tetanus vaccine at least one month apart.
- A booster can be given every three to five years.
- After any injury with resultant broken skin.
The doctors say that giving three or five doses of tetanus vaccination at six-month intervals is not usual and will definitely not eradicate neonatal tetanus, so they searched for an ulterior motive within the campaign. Life Site News says that once the association sent the vaccines to a laboratory for testing, they claimed to have found the reason behind the new initiative a "mass sterilization exercise" similar to vaccine campaigns that were issued previously in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. The vaccine given in these countries was a fertility regulating vaccine composed of tetanus toxoid as a carrier for the beta subunit of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). Subsequent research amongst those girls and women immunized has been shown to have made them permanently infertile.
What lead the association to such a harsh conclusion? According to the church's reports, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association managed to access the tetanus vaccine used during the WHO/UNICEF immunization campaign in March 2014 and subjected them to testing. The association claims that the vaccine was laced with HCG, just like the controversial campaigns that caused infertility in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. Further, the association says that none of the girls and women given the vaccination were informed of its contraceptive effect.
The Kenya Ministry of Health says that the Catholic doctors claims are completely unfounded, and that they are being used as a scare tactic to keep women from getting the vaccine. The Business Daily Africa says that Nicholas Muraguri, the Director of Medical Services, had two separate lab tests performed on the vaccines to test for HCG. Muraguri says that no HCG was found in any of the tested specimens. Muraguri is now recommending that disciplinary action be taken against Bishop Stephen Karanja of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, who he blamed for raising false alarm against the vaccine. Muraguri also goes so far as to say he would have no issues recommending this vaccine to his own daughters and wife.
"I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects."
There is no clear motive as to why the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association would have for providing false information about the new vaccine initiative as the association historically followed Kenya vaccine recommendations. The faith-based organization administers more vaccines than the public health service and is pro-vaccine. Therefore, it is unclear why the group would target this specific tetanus program without clear research.
Do you believe the Catholic doctors association and their claims that the vaccine is part of a wider population control and mass sterilization initiative? Or do you think there is an ulterior motive and believe the Ministry of Health's analysis that the vaccine is safe?