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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Health ministry denies sterilising women with tetanus vaccine

  A file photo of a Health ministry official receiving a tetanus vaccination from a nurse when the immunization exercise was launched in 2014. /MONICAH MWANGI A file photo of a Health ministry official receiving a tetanus vaccination from a nurse when the immunization exercise was launched in 2014.

The Health ministry has dismissed claims by Raila Odinga that the tetanus vaccine administered to women and young girls in 2014 causes sterilisation.
In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry said the tetanus toxoid vaccine procured by the government from the World Health Organisation pre-qualified firms through Unicef is safe, secure and of high quality.
"The allegations are baseless and lack scientific evidence and has assured women the vaccines are safe, secure and of high quality."
It said that tests were conducted on the vaccine in 2014 in 59 vials sampled and presented to in country and international laboratories for testing and no laces were found.
"The three vials that tested positive were submitted already opened and that cannot be looked at as a reliable representation of the vaccine vials used in the field since anyone could have been contaminated with it,' the statement reads in part.
Raila claimed the tetanus vaccination was a mass sterilisation campaign by the government.
The Opposition leader said the Catholic Church was right in opposing the jab, which has allegedly caused infertility in women betwen 14 and 49 years.

Tetanus Toxoid vaccine was used to immunise about one million women mostly in Northern Kenya late 2014.
The immunization was sponsored by the World Health Organisation and Unicef, and implemented by the Ministry of Health.

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