- Villagers queue and wait patiently for hours for the camels to urinate so that they can tap the waste.
- The villagers claim the animal's waste, including its dung, can treat cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, among others.
- Health experts however warn against drinking camel urine.
In Arubaine, a remote village in Busia, locals have shunned visiting health facilities and instead drink camel urine to treat a variety of ailments.
The villagers claim the animal's waste, including its dung, can treat cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, among others.
According to the locals in the eastern Uganda village, the camels feed on rare tree species that have "bitter substances", which are medicinal.
The camel's dung is used as a balm to treat skin diseases, while the fat, which is extracted from the meat, is used as a cure for measles.
This has made camel waste and products a treasure in the area. Men, women and children line up and wait patiently for hours for the camels to urinate so that they can tap the waste.
A litre of the urine costs Ush25,000 (Sh700), while a 300ml bottles goes for Ush8,000 (Sh225). Camel fat sells at between Ush20,000 (Sh560) and Sh150,000 (Sh4,200) depending on the quantity.
Mr Jaberi Kalifani Kanga, who administers the camel products, says his patients have recovered from several diseases after a few doses.
“I have for some time been using camel urine, fat and dung to treat patients who are diagnosed with cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, measles and those with skin diseases and many come back testifying that they have regained their health,” Mr Kanga told Daily Monitor at the weekend.
He said to ensure that the products are safe, he roasts the dung before crashing it in order to kill bacteria. For the urine, he mixes it with ginger.
Ms Masitula Nantume, another resident, said: “I have been extracting oil from camel meat for some time and using it to treat measles and diabetes, among other diseases.”
Mr Ali Mukaaza said his mother, who had been bedridden with diabetes, recovered after she was introduced to the camel urine treatment.