Expert cautions against embalmment of dead bodies at home

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Mr Femi Ogunbamiwo, the General Manager of Osun Waste Management Agency, says embalmment of dead bodies at home is dangerous to human health.

Ogunbamiwo said this while delivering a lecture on “The Role of Individual in the Control of Environmental Pollution” at a forum to mark the 2019 World Environment Day on Tuesday in Ikire, Osun state.

The lecture was organised by Shepherd For Health, Environment, Advocacy and Development Centre, a Non Governmental Organisation.

Ogunbamiwo said burying dead bodies or embalming them in residential areas could trigger diseases which could cause more deaths.

He said since the cause of such deaths could not be ascertained most times, it would not be best to embalm or bury such dead bodies at home.

The General Manager said though embalming or burying dead bodies at home was an old tradition, it could be stopped due to its health implications.

Ogunbamimo urged people to always make use of the mortuary to preserve their dead bodies while burying them in burial grounds.

He also urged farmers to desist from using chemicals in preserving their crops, saying this is dangerous to human health.

Ogunbamimo urged the people to be environmentally conscious and practise environmental friendly activities.

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