Catholic Doctors Association cautiously optimistic over Covid-19 vaccine

Written By: Muraya Kamunde

As the country gears up for a massive roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association remain cautious over its efficacy.

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In a statement, the Catholic Doctors Association says while the vaccine is welcome news in efforts to contain the spread of the contagion, other alternatives that have been proven to be effective should be considered.

“We know for a fact that there are drugs that have been re-purposed and used effectively to treat Covid-19,” the statement read.

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Instead, the Association called on clinicians to initiate treatment of all patients proven or suspected to have Covid-19 at the onset of symptoms.

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They also advised Kenyans to report to hospital at the onset of symptoms to allow early intervention so as to prevent severe morbidity and mortality.

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Although the Catholic Doctors Association says that their advice is contrary to that of the World Health Organization (WHO), they noted that it was their solemn duty as clinicians to give patients the best chance of survival in the worst case scenario.

“The doctor-patient relationship is sacrosanct and must be respected by all regulators so long as the clinician does not break the law and the patient undergoing treatment has given informed consent,” the statement added.

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The Association also pointed out that WHO advisory on not treating Covid-19 patients’ early as erroneous and outdated saying it was the largest contributor to morbidity and mortality adding that it was more deadly than the disease itself.

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