Funeral parlours vindicated

HARARE - Parliamentarians yesterday toured  the operations of major funeral parlours and were satisfied they were not polluting waters sources with chemicals used to wash dead bodies.

Speaking after a familiarisation tour of Nyaradzo, Moonlight and Doves Morgan funeral parlours in Harare yesterday, Zanu PF MP Anastancia Ndhlovu who chairs the parliamentary portfolio committee on Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, said her committee  was satisfied there was no pollution.

“We are seeing ourselves what they are doing,” she said. “People are complaining a lot about  suspecting that the funeral parlours are polluting our clean water with chemicals they could have used to clean the dead bodies. We are happy to see that it is not the case and we shall write to Parliament to allay the public’s fears.”

Funeral parlours dispelled reports that they were polluting water sources with embalming fluids or formaldehydes by throwing their operations open to the lawmakers.

The MPs were taken through the process of washing of dead bodies, and got a tour of the mortuaries.

Chomi Makina, president of the Funeral Services Association (Fusa) and one of the managers at Moonlight, told the committee that embalming fluids were only injected into dead bodies not into water sources.

“All the chemicals we are using in cleaning dead bodies are injected into the body while the water to wash dead bodies is disposed into the sewer line as we have agreed with the local authorities,” Makina said.

Ignatius Chombo, minister of Local Government, had said the fluids, which kill bacteria in sewer purification processes, should be incinerated at local government hospitals.

Batsirai Simango, operations manager of Nyaradzo Funeral group, said local funeral parlours  practice partial embalming as opposed to full embalming, thereby using only a small amount of the formaldehydes.

“Formaldehydes are not used to wash bodies but are injected into the dead body to delay decomposition and also to keep the body in shape before burial, so their application is only internal,” he said.

“All parlours that do not have holding tanks or disposal bins to store all contaminated items before their incineration have to put them in place immediately.”

He said that 99, 9 percent of the fluids are buried within the dead body, with the rest being attributed to spillage and normal loss during the process.

He said all their 29 members had taken measures to prevent future pollution which includes disposing of all contaminated items through incinerators.

Comments (6)

ah imi varume zvokuti munoudza munhyu kuti tinovuyoko wogadzirisa musha, akataura izvozvo pakutanga akaotoona. tigoramba tichimwa futi mvuradzo muchiti havadaro, they are avoiding kutorerwa malicences makadii kungonopinda maizvionera imika bvuzai vanhu. PAMWE MAKATODYIRAUTANO HWEVANHU HAMENO NAMWARI

Chidondova - 8 July 2014

I think what irritated people most is that the water is coming from funeral parlors, kkkkkkk. What must be a concern is that yauya papombi yakachena. I am quite surprised that the government is crying about this now, ko in 2008 vanhu vainwa mvura dzakandirwa vanhu veMDC wani nema youth eZANU Pf kuMarondera uko. Kkkkk. zvakaoma zveGovernment yatakada iyi.

Shona - 8 July 2014

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Ignatius Chombo, minister of Local Government, had said the fluids, which kill bacteria in sewer purification processes, should be incinerated at local government hospitals." he talks alot of bullshit yet he is the one responsible for buying luxury vehicles with money to treat water. honestly whos fooling who

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