A parent who lost one of his twins during measles vaccination at Mogogosiek health centre in Bomet County last week Mr. Simon Kirui has challenged the government to do thorough investigations to establish whether the vaccines administered to them was safe.
Speaking to the press Mr. Kirui said that the truth should be told to establish whether the health workers who administered the vaccination were to blame as the jab might have been expired.
It is sad that I have lost my child when I was attempting to boost her health by having her immunized against measles, he said.
Last Monday a child died and four others were admitted to Tenwek Mission Hospital in critical condition soon after they were immunized against measles at Mogogosiek area in Konoin constituency of Bomet County.
A brother to the deceased is among the four children aged between nine and twelve months who were admitted at the hospital in serious condition.
Kirui said the twins were not sick prior to the exercise and he was only responding to immunization campaign by health officials.
The children who were vaccinated by health workers from Bomet County were rushed to the hospital by their parents after their bodies swelled soon after the jabs.
Konoin Sub county Medical Superintendent of Health Dr Nixon Mutai however maintained that the vaccinations were good and appealed to parents not to shy away from taking their children for immunization as investigation on the cause of the baby girl’s death was still underway.
Some 19 other parents whose children were vaccinated on the same day allegedly rushed to various health institutions to have them checked following the death and admission of the children at Tenwek hospital.
Sources told KNA that Kapkatet Hospital in the neighbouring Kericho County received several children who received the measles jab at Mogogosiek when word went round that one child had died and four others admitted at Tenwek hospital following the exercise.
Source: Kenya News Agency