The majority of Kenyans (58 percent) do not hold the same position as the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, that is, they don’t believe the tetanus vaccine is laced with Beta HCG hormone and being used as a form of birth control, according to a Ipsos Kenya poll.
Other things the survey revealed was a majority of Kenyan women, 59 percent, do not hold the same views as the bishops. In fact, 33% of the women were Roman Catholic.
60 percent of Muslims surveyed do not think the tetanus vaccine is being used for dubious purposes.
The religious groups that do side with the bishops interestingly is the Protestants and other non- Catholic Christian religions–nearly 65 percent.
The level of education, the study also found, appears not to play a significant role in the perceptions formed around the vaccine.
“Sixty one percent of least educated Kenyans (none and some primary education) hold the view that it is not a birth control device. The same position is held by 61 percent of the most educated Kenyans (University level),” the study showed.
In related news, The Catholic Church and the Ministry of Health will conduct joint tests to ascertain whether the controversial tetanus vaccine contains hcg beta unit.
“We agreed for a joint testing of the vaccine where the Catholic Church and the ministry will send three officials each,” Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri said.
“We shall meet on Wednesday and decide where the testing will be done, identify the facility where sampling will be done, the laboratory and technology to use,” Dr Muraguri added.
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