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Church bemoans exclusion from tetanus exercise

31 March 2014, 11:22

Nairobi - The Catholic Church has raised concern over its alleged exclusion from the just-concluded tetanus vaccination exercise that the government has conducted.

Through a statement by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops General Secretariat, the church questioned the validity of reports there was a tetanus crisis afflicting women of child-bearing age in the country and why this had not been declared if it was the case.

The church also questioned why the campaign targeted only women between the ages of 14 and 49 years and why tetanus was prioritized yet there were other life-threatening diseases in the country.

In the statement, the influential church stated that it had not been engaged during the exercise, saying other stakeholders had been approached.

“There has not been adequate stakeholder engagement for consultation both in the preparation and implementation of the campaign,” read the secretariat’s statement.

The church also questioned why there had not been adequate public awareness unlike other national health initiatives that were usually preceded by a public launch where the public can ask questions.

The Catholic Church is one of the biggest non-governmental institutions with extensive health facilities in the country.

The church has 54 hospitals, 311 dispensaries, 83 health centers and 17 medical institutions.

Government conducted the national tetanus vaccination campaign in 60 districts in the country.

 – CAJ News

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