22 January 2013

Kenya: Protect Life At All Cost, Cardinal Urges Catholic Medics

Nairobi — John Cardinal Njue has urged Catholic doctors in the country to be always at forefront in protecting and defending human life.

The Cardinal, who was officially launching the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) on January 22 at Nairobi's Holy Family Minor Basilica said "to be a medical doctor within the Catholic faith was more than a profession."

"Here one is not only expected to treat the Sick professionally, but to allow one's faith to prevail at all times," he said.

The Cardinal, accompanied by more than ten bishops, welcomed the formation of KCDA, hoping that the association will go a long way to assist its members be better placed in their profession.

"The formation of KCDA is being instituted when human life faces many a challenges today. Some of them calling for a serious commitment on the side of the doctors," he pointed out.

Addressing the gathering, which brought together Catholic doctors from various dioceses, the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Commission for Health, The Rt Rev Paul Kariuki Njiru of Embu Diocese, said the role of the Catholic Church in health sector in the country was quite appreciable.

"Some of our health Centers /hospitals are serving the needy in some of the remote and marginalized areas of the country. Our services in the health sector is to compliment those of the Government," said the Bishop.

In his welcoming speech, the Chairman of KCDA, Dr Stephen Kimotho Karanja said the new Catholic doctors' body has laid out some guidelines for any member of the association.

Some of those guidelines include; members must not commit, support, and refer for advice in the association which must at all thus be clearly defined as deliberate killing of the human being.

Other guidelines include that the member of the association must not give, use, support, propagate or distribute contraceptive and other population control gadgets that are meant to destroy the family.

Members of the association must not support movements that propagate the culture of death and also that they must reject euthanasia.

The grand occasion, where the Cardinal blessed some of the medical gadgets, was also attended among others by Jacinta Mutegi, the Executive Secretary for the Bishops' Health Commission.

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