by Rachel Muthoni
In a bid to keep their religious faith, some Kenyan parents do not take their children to hospitals, even for the most basic immunization. Such parents believe that only God heals and seeking conventional medicine is like worshiping idols.
Section 53(c) of the Constitution of Kenya gives all children indiscriminative right to access of health, nutrition and shelter. But the same constitution, under section 32(1), gives all Kenyans the freedom of thought, religion and conscience. While the law requires parents to seek conventional medicine including immunization for their children, parents who opt for “freedom of worship” ignore the children’s law. It is a clash between medicine, law and health.