Dr Stephen Karanja, a Catholic doctor who had earlier questioned vaccination of Kenyans against the COVID-19 disease, succumbed to the respiratory illness on on Thursday, April 29 at Mater Hospital Nairobi.
“He had been admitted with COVID-19, there is no official statement from the association as yet but I can confirm that he died on Thursday, April 29,” Mutegi told Daily Nation.
Dr Karanja had in March 2021 said the only ways to prevent the spread of the virus was by wearing masks, mass testing and observation of COVID-19 patients.
The doctor also proposed inhaling steam several times a day, taking ivermectin tablets and taking a combination of drugs daily to contain the virus.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, who sits at the Vatican and advised all and sundry to take the vaccine. Dr Karanja’s adivise was a contrast to what the position of the church.
The Kenyan Catholic bishops also distanced themselves from Dr Karanja’s statement and urged Kenyans to take the jab to protect themselves from COVID-19.
In a statement signed by chairman Philip Anyolo, the clerics said the move by Catholic doctors to criticise the administration of COVID-19 jabs was made in their own capacity and did not reflect the church’s position.