Ebonyi State government has said it has banned embalming and keeping of corpses at homes pending burial.
Some communities in the state have been embalming and keeping corpses in their houses for long time preparatory to burial.
But the state government said the practice was no longer acceptable, describing it as criminal, unhealthy and barbaric.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike, who made this known in Abakaliki said the government will not hesitate to sanction any one found in the act.
He noted that embalming and keeping corpses in home can lead to epidemic and called on those practicing the act to desist from it.
“Any mortician that indulges in this is a disgrace to his profession and will be arrested and prosecuted. This is because a lot of diseases can be transmitted through that means.
There is also form putrefaction taking place and building up of micro-organism when you do this. The agent (chemical) used in this embalmment is not healthy.
“It causes allergy and reactions of various levels to human beings. So, it is unacceptable.
“Anybody you see doing that, report the person to the police and to us because it is the duty of police to ensure that a dead person should be kept in a right place”, he stated.