NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga is yet again in another fight with the state claiming that Kenyans were subjected to a state sponsored sterilisation.
In a statement that has brought memories of Catholic Church’s objection to a tetanus vaccination in 2014 and 2015, Mr Odinga now claims that the vaccination was a State-sponsored infertility in Kenyan women.
The Catholic bishops had opposed the execution of the vaccine, claiming that one-third of the vials tested contained a hormone linked to birth control- human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
According to the bishops, the vaccine was targeting women of child-bearing age and that it contained elements that prevented them from conceiving.
In his latest pull, Mr Odinga says that multiple results from health experts had confirmed that the tetanus vaccine used in the immunisation exercise triggered infertility in women aged between 14 and 49.
He said; “Sterilisation without full, free, and informed consent globally is an involuntary, coercive, and forced practice and is a violation of fundamental human rights.”
He called on the Government to provide a complete list of all those who took part in the vaccination, apologise to them, and explain how it intends to reverse the damage.
“This is the greatest crime against humanity ever committed against the women of Kenya and the most diabolical attempt at social engineering. No one can tell the worth of a woman’s fertility or sterility.”
The statement by Mr Odinga provoked global bodies, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef who came to the defence of the vaccine.
The two bodies expressed said Mr Odinga’s remarks fit to be misinformation on the quality of the Tetanus Toxoid vaccine in the country.
WHO representative in Kenya Dr Custodia Mandihate and Unicef Kenya’s acting representative Dr Pirkko Heinonen said in a statement that the vaccines were safe contrary to the church’s stand which has now received political backing.
“The allegations are that the tetanus vaccine used by the government of Kenya and UN agencies is contaminated with a hormone (hCG) that can cause miscarriage and render some women sterile.”
“These grave allegations are not backed by evidence, and risk negatively impacting national immunisation programmes for children and women,” the statement read.
The WHO Kenya office tweeted a 2015 press statement saying that the vaccine had brought elimination of infant tetanus and not infertility.
— WHO Kenya (@WHOKenya) September 11, 2017