Thursday, June 17, 2010

Malawi Christians in vaccine row

Malawi Christians in vaccine row
Source PA News
Updated on 17 June 2010

More than 100 members of a Christian religion have barricaded themselves in an abandoned building in southern Malawi over their refusal to give their children the measles vaccine, a regional health official has said.

Members of the Seventh Day Apostolic Church say their doctrine forbids them from taking medication when they fall sick, as they believe prayer will bring divine healing.

The week-long stand-off in the district of Mulanje follows an outbreak of the highly contagious disease which has killed 48 people in the southern African country this year. Another 9,600 cases have been registered, the government said.

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