Doctors Deny in Totality Raila Infertility Jab Claim

Kenya Medical experts disowned opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claim that the tetanus vaccine that was administered to Kenyan women in 2014 could cause permanent infertility.

The NASA Presidential candidate, Mr Odinga issued an erroneous statement issued in Nairobi claiming that the Catholic Church was right when it said the vaccination drive was a mass sterilization programme.

In a desparate move to gain political mileage, Raila said the political coalition he heads, the National Super Alliance (NASA), had accessed analysis from four institutions, agriQ Quest Ltd, the Nairobi Hospital Laboratories, the University of Nairobi and Lancet Kenya, indicating that the Tetanus Toxoid Vaccine had high contents of beta human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (BhCG), which causes pregnancy loss.

The church had the vaccines tested at Lancet, the University of Nairobi and the Nairobi Hospital, but the Health ministry disputed the results and referred the matter to the parliamentary committee on health, which appointed agriQ Quest Ltd on December 10, 2014 to test the samples afresh.

Lancet Kenya chief executive Dr Ahmed Kalebi said the medical laboratory chain had earlier explained that the analysis was not done properly and its findings could therefore not be used to make a conclusive report on the matter as claimed by the NASA leader.

“I haven’t heard or seen the presser from Mr Odinga, but I think he is misquoting us. We did not confirm anything and we even clarified the issue in 2014 with facts and opinion on the matter,” said Dr Kalebi.

The Head of Pathology at Nairobi Hospital, Dr Andrew Gachii, also dismissed Mr Odinga’s claims.

Dr Gachii said the first vaccine samples taken to Nairobi Hospital for analysis were contaminated and the results could not be relied on because even the methodology used was wrong.

“Assessing vaccines is not like a blood test. The method used for the first sample and the equipment used were wrong and the results cannot be relied on,” he said.

Its worrying to what extent Raila and his brigade are willing to go even contaminating samples to favour their results and gain political mileage over health of millions of Kenyan women.

Separately, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF issued a statement expressing their deep concern over the misinformation circulating in the media on the quality of the Tetanus Toxoid (TT) Vaccine in Kenya.

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 miscarriages and render some women sterile. These grave allegations are not backed up by evidence, and risk negatively impacting national immunization programmes for children and women the statement read.