An article in yesterday’s Daily Nation (9th Dec 2015) caught my eye.
The headline read ‘Woman links baby’s death to polio vaccine’
A mother claims that the double dose of polio immunisation lead to the death of her child. Considering that polio is an oral vaccine, the fact that the child vomited and had diarrhoea after the jab seemed to the mother to point to a connection.
I have big beef with the way the report was put together as it raises alarm where there is none – anyone who reads this immediately wonders ….would there have been a relationship between the vaccine and the death? Reporting a distressed mother’s outburst as fact can create a lot of unnecessary panic.
The other bits of the article are troubling too because of what they report……
Meanwhile a three-year-old child was forcefully immunised at Muchungwa Village, Kirinyaga County on Wednesday.
The child’s mother took off with her when she saw health officers approach.
The officers gave a chase and caught up with the woman who is a member of a sect that does not believe in modern treatment.
“We get healed through prayers,” she shouted at the officers as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Health officer Rose Gichohi said no amount of resistance would stop the campaign. So far, four children have been forcefully immunised.
Just fancy this………. you are going about your normal business whatever it is —- someone from the Ministry of Health approaches you. They are wearing a labcoat, have their badge hanging from their necks and they are carrying a blue/white cool box. You know immediately what they want even before they tell you.
You say God will heal your children they should leave you alone.
‘Upende usipende, mtoto atachanjwa’ Whether you like it or not, your child will be vaccinated
You grab your child and ran.
They chase you.
They overwhelm you.
They force the drops of vaccine down your child’s throat.
Ministry of Health officials, are you out of your mind?