The bitter tetanus vaccine fallout between the church and the government

Left: Cardinal John Njue talks to some women at the National Marian Shrine in Subukia, Nakuru County, on February 2, 2014. Right: Jane Soi, a nurse at Uasin Gishu District Hospital in Eldoret Town, administers a tetanus vaccine on March 27, 2014. The controversy over the tetanus vaccine has resurfaced following a fresh row over the credibility of results of a joint test between the Catholic Church and the ministry of Health. FILE PHOTO |

What you need to know:

  • The tetanus infection enters their bodies through the wound of the navel, which remains fresh for a number of days after birth. 
  • The concern of many doctors is based on the fact that the WHO/Unicef-sponsored tetanus immunisation campaign launched last year in October uses a vaccine that was imported into the country specifically for this purpose, and bears a different batch number from the regular tetanus toxoid.
  • It is a matter of trust. The solution is simple, but requires from all sides a little token of humility and the capacity to back-pedal.

There are people whom I cannot understand when they communicate. This difficulty can also apply to situations, and the one described below is one of them.

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