There is a scary and strange development of keeping corpses at home. It has become an accepted norm in Ebonyi State and now to curb the practice the government has sounded a strong warning against such practices, saying that it is not only primitive but also harmful to the entire state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezuuruike when contacted by Oriental News expressed rude shock over the discovery and said the state government through the Ministry of Health has mounted surveillance to ensure that anybody found keeping corpses at their homes would not only be arrested, but would also be prosecuted and had the corpse evacuated.
Dr Umezuruike enumerated the various adverse effects that would come from the archaic practice to include possible outbreak of epidemic within and around the homes such ugly practice were done, adding that some people who possibly died as a result of communicable diseases may infect those who are alive.
“We will do everything possible to deal with anybody found doing such. We have not received any official report on the incident because the ministry will not start searching people’s house to know if they kept the corpses of their dead relatives, but we will ensure that we hand such people over to the law enforcement agents for proper action.
“There are many health implications that may arise from such practices. For instance, a person who died of any communicable disease may transmit it to the living and there are still lots of decay going on during the period of embalmment which these people do not know and mainly, the chemical reagents used in embalming these dead bodies are very harmful to human health. That is why the state government will deal decisively with anybody caught in such primitive and harmful practice,” he said.