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.
Until his demise, Dr. Karanja served as the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association chairman.
Dr Karanja lost the battle to the Covid-19 virus, Jacinta Mutegi, who was in charge of the Catholic Health Comission Confirmed.
“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.
“We advise that a COVID-19 vaccine is unnecessary and should not be given. We appeal to all the people of Kenya to avoid taking it,” said Dr. Karanja in a statement.
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.