Uganda's unique hot water spring slowly dying

Special hot water spring slowly dying in Uganda

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:38 am

Uganda is endowed with warm springs referred to as Kitagata, believed to have natural restoration powers.

The springs in the Sheema district of western Uganda have two streams: Mulago named after Uganda’s largest referral clinic due to its recovery powers, and Ekyomugabe which used to be used via King of Ankore.

The springs shaped because of water heating from the ground, emerged through the Earth’s crust and have been historically vital in the area for generations.

People have bathed in the warm springs to deal with skin diseases, stomach and rheumatic disorders. According to residents, they were found in 1904 with the aid of a hunter. The springs had sections of heat water for bathing and natural boiling water, where people organized tea and boiled eggs.

Unfortunately, the treasured useful resource is slowly dying. The water used to heat above 98 °C (208 °F) however is now lower. Former crystal clear waters are clogged and they no longer flash to the nearby swamp because of a blockade through a close by stream. According to residents, the blockade took place following massive floods from the River Sebbanga.

“Shortly after the floods, the swimming pools and seeps on warm springs reduced their temperatures. While we hoped this would be solely temporary, the situation stay the same,” stated Kitagata resident Mwijukye Sam.

Residents blame the authorities for neglecting the treasured resource, pronouncing it failed to provide excavators to open blocked waterways to stop rain water from flooding the springs. They said the longer the springs continue to be blockaded, the less likely waters will return to warm temperatures.

The springs are managed by using the government. A inspiration to privatize the springs was once rejected. Deputy Mayor of Sheema Lukia Nakaliisa instructed Anadolu Agency that the district is aware of the blockade and waiting for funding to procure equipment.

Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Lilly Ajarova said developing Kitagata hot springs is on the agenda, pending government funding.

Hot springs have been used for medicinal purposes due to the fact of their biological characteristics and microorganisms.

Dr. Horace Mayengo says warm springs water has therapeutic effects on treating a number of diseases.

“Hot springs are a prosperous supply of sulphur, a mineral current in each and every cell of our physique used to make collagen, which continues our skin clean and healthy. This explains the recuperation doable of hot springs in treating pores and skin irritations and infections such as rashes and eczema. They are also a supply of magnesium that can assist to defend in opposition to cardiovascular diseases and decrease blood pressure,” said Mayengo.