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Catholic nun arrested for blocking measles, rubella jab for children

24 May 2016, 12:28

Nakuru - Police in Nakuru County have arrested a Catholic nun for blocking the immunization of 700 pupils against measles and rubella.

The immunisation campaign was launched by the government on Monday last week and ends today.

The Ministry of Health had announced that it targeted 19 million children aged between 9 months and 14 years.

However, Daily Nation reports that five Catholic sponsored schools in Nakuru blocked the immunization drive contrary to the Public Health Act.

A Catholic nun who is the head teacher at one of the schools was arrested on Monday following complaints by the parents that she had blocked their pupils from accessing the jab.

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She will be arraigned to answer to charges of endangering lives of the pupils.

The Ministry had already directed parents with children in institutions that do not support the campaign to seek alternative immunisation centres.

The campaign is expected to achieve 100 per cent success rate despite various challenges especially in Nakuru and Loitoktok.

“By Saturday, we had vaccinated 16,456,219 children against #MeaslesRubella, translating to 86 percent national coverage. #EveryLastChild,” the Ministry announced on Twitter.

- News24


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