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Uganda: Sanctuary prohibits the consumption of its water

In Uganda is the Shrine of the Martyrs, which holds one of the largest annual Christian gatherings in the world. Its sacred water is used in meetings and rituals, but local authorities warn that it is unsuitable for consumption.

In the Christian faith, performing rituals and practices with previously blessed water is very common. In the Sanctuary, an event of great magnitude is held where the first Christian martyrs of Africa are commemorated. At that time the demand for holy water is very high, which creates worries regarding its potential ingestion.

Premier Christian News published:

“Mr. Kauta said pilgrims who draw water from a sacred well to receive spiritual healing can make the sign of the cross with it, but that health experts have advised church leaders not to consume it, as the water is dirty and unsafe.”

Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases such as cholera and other issues that cause diarrhea. The latter, for example, prevent the most vulnerable individuals, such as children, from receiving the nutrients necessary for their development.

For this reason, health authorities from Uganda and the Sanctuary insist on the prohibition of the intake of its water. They expect the participation of visitors in complying with preventive measures.

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