Amref Chief Executive Officer Dr Githinji Gitahi has advised the public to stick to trusted sources of information on Covid-19.
Writing on Twitter, Dr Gitahi said people are dying due to misinformation and disinformation. “Denialism is more dangerous than the virus,” he says.
Yesterday, TV47Digital broke the news that Kenya Catholic Doctors Association Chairman Dr Stephen Karanja had succumbed to Covid-19.
Dr Karanja was a well-known opponent of the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination exercise, saying it was “unnecessary.”
Jacinta Mutegi of the Catholic Health Commission confirmed that the outspoken doctor had been admitted at Nairobi’s Mater Hospital for over a week with COVID-19. “He had been admitted with COVID-19,” she is quoted as saying, adding: “There is no official communication from the association as yet but I can confirm that he died today (April 29).”
In a statement dated March 3, 2021, Dr Karanja had expressed skepticism over the Coronavirus vaccine. “We advise that a vaccine for Covid19 is unnecessary and should not be given. We appeal to all people of Kenya to avoid taking this vaccine.”
Dr Karanja said patients should instead use Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, Azithromycin, Anticoagulants and Steriods, which should be “made cheaply and freely available in all parts of our country.”
Dr Karanja added: “It seems there is something Bill Gates has invested in that requires the whole world to be vaccinated. What that investment is remains the million-dollar question.”
The country’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 2,707. Yesterday (April 29), the Ministry of Health said 865,897 Kenyans had received the AstraZeneca vaccination.