Uncontrolled Charcoal Burning in Acholi Threatens Herbal Medicine Research :: Uganda Radionetwork

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Researchers from Gulu University say that the destruction of natural tree species, especially in northern Uganda, is a blow to the herbal medicine research department whose greatest scientific breakthrough is the rich biodiversity.

Researchers are concerned about the uncontrolled destruction of forest and biodiversity by charcoal traders in the Acholi sub-region.

Researchers from Gulu University say that the destruction of natural tree species, especially in northern Uganda, is a blow to the herbal medicine research department whose greatest scientific breakthrough is the rich biodiversity.

Dr. Alice Veronica Lamwaka, a pharmacist, researcher specializing in herbs and traditions with curative and preventive properties, pointed out that the country is losing the tree species Warbugia Ugandensis considerably, which is vital for herbal medicine research.

The tree species is essential for the invention of local and traditional herbs that can cure various health conditions including sickle cell disease, cancer, diabetes, peptic ulcer disease, asthma, and hypertension.

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Warbugia Ugandensis is natively found in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.

Lamwaka says the native tree is found in Koch Goma sub-county, Nwoya district, but has been largely destroyed by charcoal traders.

According to Lamwka, one kilogram of Warbugia Ugandensis powder costs 500 dollars, and one kilogram of its powder costs as much as 250,000 shillings, adding that if stored well, it can improve the socio-economic status of local people. .

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Lamwaka who is also a lecturer and lead researcher in the invention of COVID-19 herbal treatment Covilyce1 called for biodiversity conservation and acquisition of a cultural site of land to offer as a good source of herbs exotic medicines.

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Tonny Awany, MP for Nwoya County, during a visit to the Gulu University research laboratory this week, said conserving traditional plants and medicines is a challenge facing the whole country, including Busitema University.

He noted that a select committee will make recommendations to Parliament so that these tree species are conserved.

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Nancy Aol, is an environmental activist who is also concerned about the rapid disappearance of natural trees rooted in the need for reforestation and the creation of alternative energy sources other than reliance on firewood and charcoal.

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