Nick Benson

OTHER NEWS

#PrayForPriests during Holy Week, says Cardinal Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is encouraging Catholics to pray for our priests through Holy Week – particularly on Maundy Thursday when we recall the Last Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. “We’re asking priests to renew their promises, the promises they...

Cardinal Nichols calls for prayers for Boris Johnson

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged Catholics to pray for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care receiving treatment for Covid-19. In a tweet, Cardinal Nichols said: ‘Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a personal fight on his hands against the...

Vatican calls for creative ways to protect elderly from loneliness

Local churches and individuals must do more to help and to protect the elderly from loneliness and infection during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican office said. "We must devote new energies to defend them from this storm, just as each of us has been protected and...

Kenyan Catholic doctors warn against cervical cancer vaccination of girls

Catholic doctors in Kenya have warned against a mass cervical cancer vaccination programme for young girls, as the government accelerates plans to roll out the programme in September.

The Ministry of Health has said the vaccination is targeting the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancer of the cervix. Two free doses of the vaccine – administered 10 months apart – will be given to 10-year-old girls. The vaccines will be available at 9,000 private, public and faith-based health facilities.

However, members of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association expressed concern that the vaccine can cause severe side effects, including brain damage, seizures or paralysis.

The doctors also said the vaccine has not undergone necessary clinical trials in the country.

“We don’t think the vaccine is necessary. HVP is sexually transmitted and does not make sense to vaccine everyone against a sexually transmitted disease that can be controlled through behaviour change,” Dr Wahome Ngare, a gynaecologist and a member of the Catholic doctors group, told Catholic News Service.

“The side effects are too risky for anyone to even dare,” he added.

Picture: Girls are seen walking near Kisumu, Kenya, in this 2017 file photo. Catholic doctors in Kenya have warned against a mass cervical cancer vaccination program for young girls, as the government accelerates plans to roll out the program in September. (CNS photo/Baz Ratner, Reuters).

Share

OTHER NEWS

#PrayForPriests during Holy Week, says Cardinal Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is encouraging Catholics to pray for our priests through Holy Week – particularly on Maundy Thursday when we recall the Last Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. “We’re asking priests to renew their promises, the promises they...

Cardinal Nichols calls for prayers for Boris Johnson

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged Catholics to pray for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care receiving treatment for Covid-19. In a tweet, Cardinal Nichols said: ‘Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a personal fight on his hands against the...

Vatican calls for creative ways to protect elderly from loneliness

Local churches and individuals must do more to help and to protect the elderly from loneliness and infection during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican office said. "We must devote new energies to defend them from this storm, just as each of us has been protected and...