Kenya: AMREF Tells Church to Stop Claiming Tetanus Vaccine Is a Family Planning Method
The church should stop spreading rumours indicating that the tetanus vaccine is a family planning method initiated by the government,Amref Kenya director of reproductive and child health Joachim Osur said.
Osur said the church has no evidence supporting its claim that the vaccine is aimed at sterilizing women to control population growth.
“The vaccination works to prevent tetanus and that has been proven. This vaccine should continue to be given to mothers and newborns in a bid to reduce child mortality.
“Fortunately we are able to provide evidence to that effect. The church may have its own issues but that is what we know as health experts,” Osur said.
Osur said the number of newborns dying from tetanus is currently 60,000, up from 200,000 two decades ago. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 75 per cent of new born deaths are not only caused by pneumonia and malaria but also by tetanus.
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