A Catholic nun was arrested on Monday evening for obstructing an ongoing immunisation campaign against measles and rubella in Nakuru County in Kenya.
The ministry of health had announced that the campaign launched by the Kenyan government was targeting 19 million children aged between 9 months and 14 years.
Sister Cecilia Kamau, the headmistress of the Catholic sponsored St Anthony Academy was arrested after obstructing the immunisation of over 700 pupils.
According to Truth Kings:
Nakuru County public health official Samuel King’ori and a fleet of police presence stormed the place where vaccines were to be administered and arrested the Kamau. They based their arrest on that of “complaints” regarding the nun’s blockage of the measles vaccine program.
The health official said he wanted to take the 91% vaccination rate to 100%. It would seem they are using any means necessary, including that of jailing innocent nuns.
The Catholic Church has condemned the arrest of sister Cecilia Kamau,
Nakuru Catholic Diocese Bishop Maurice Muhatia called her arrest as an “unfortunate act”.
“We Catholics are Kenyans and, according to the Constitution, we are entitled to freedom of choice and speech,” said Bishop Muhatia.
“I condemn what the medical personnel are doing…..How can they lock children in a room and inject them with the vaccine like animals?”
The Daily Nation reports:
The bishop claimed children in their institutions had been left traumatised after medics forcibly conducted the vaccination.
He challenged the Ministry of Health and the county government to explain why they were using force in the vaccination.
His remarks come after it emerged that members of the church have been resisting the administration of the vital immunisation, claiming it is not safe.
Mr King’ori on Tuesday said that, while some members of the church allowed their children to be vaccinated, some schools run by the Catholic Church were hiding their pupils to avoid the vaccination.