A Kenyan doctor, who has become a vocal opponent of Covid-19 vaccines, succumbed to the virus weeks after saying the stings were “completely unnecessary”.
Dr. Stephen Karandja, president of the Kenya Association of Catholic Physicians, advocated inhalation of hydroxychloroquine vapor and tablets.
He clashed with the Catholic Church over the safety of Kovid’s stings.
Health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) have denied the allegations.
“[The vaccine] distributed in Kenya, has been reviewed and recognized as safe not only by the strict WHO process, but also by several strict regulatory bodies, “the WHO said in March.
The Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops also distanced itself from Dr. Karanja̵
Kenya has received just over one million doses of vaccines from the global Covax initiative, most of which have been administered.
The country has confirmed more than 160,000 cases and 2,707 deaths. In March, the government imposed a new blockade restricting movement in five counties following a rise in new infections.
What did Dr. Karanja say about the Covid vaccines?
In a March 3 letter, Dr. Karanja said that “there are drugs that have been re-prescribed and used effectively to treat Covid-19,” adding that “we also know that vaccination for this disease is completely unnecessary, which makes suspicious motivation “
He went on to various forums to promote alternative treatments, including steam inhalation and a cocktail of drugs – including hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, which are not WHO-approved for the treatment of Covid-19.
Dr. Karanja, who was an obstetrician and gynecologist, died Thursday week after being admitted to hospital suffering from complications caused by Covid-19 infection.
What else did Dr. Karanja say?
Before parting ways with the Catholic Church in Kenya on the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine, Dr. Karanja often contacted religious leaders to oppose mass vaccination campaigns.
In 2019, he led the opposition against vaccination of schoolgirls against cervical cancer, saying that a puncture against the human papilloma virus (HPV) was unnecessary because it affected those “whose lifestyle includes irresponsible sexual behavior.”
In 2014, his association opposed the government’s launch of a tetanus vaccine aimed at women, arguing it was a sterilization campaign, although local health authorities, the WHO and the UN agency Unicef said the vaccine was safe.
In both cases, the government continued with its plans, but officials said they had encountered the vaccine as a result of Dr. Karanja’s objections.
He was also a well-known anti-abortion fighter and appeared in court in 2018 as an expert in a case in which the government was tried for withdrawing abortion guidelines. The Supreme Court ruled that the government’s decision was illegal and illegal.
Although shunned by the majority of health professionals in Kenya, the Catholic Church recognizes his association, but is often quick to add that Dr. Karanja is not talking about the Catholic Church.
“The mandate of the church is to speak on matters of morality and faith. The mandate of doctors is to talk about their understanding of their scientific practice. We do not contradict,” Father Ferdinand Lugonzo, a spokesman for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, told Bi BBC.