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Health & Social Services


To provide a service for the maintenance and enhancement of personal and community health, through the application of sound environmental health principles of disease prevention, health promotion and protection.

The Division of Health & Social Services is committed to the delivery of professional services and leadership on environmental matters through health promotion and education / enforcement of regulations and advice.

Departments within the Division of Health & Social Services are:

The Public Health Services Department.

The Department of Social Services & Gender Affairs.

Services provided:

  • Registration, inspection and licensing of food establishment and related business (restaurants, bakeries, snack bars, food vendors, supermarkets etc)
  • Conducting training sessions in Food Safety and certification of food handlers weekly
  • House to house inspections/routine inspections
  • Inspection sampling testing and water supplies and food samples
  • Collection of Food and water samples for analysis
  • Inspection of daycares, pre-schools and other schools
  • Inspection of homes for the aged or nursing homes
  • Inspection of water bodies, re Pest control - cutlassing and canalising
  • Perifocal inspection of premises and treatment for mosquito breeding. (Vector Control)
  • Investigation of Infectious diseases
  • Rodent evaluation and malaria evaluation
  • Ovi-trap
  • Port health duties
  • Investigation of complaints/nuisance complaints re:food, water, obnoxious odors, water and atmospheric pollution, mosquito and rodent infestation etc.
  • Review and make recommendations for approval, Building Plans, Sub-division of Lands of waste water and sewage treatment and disposal systems through plans referred by Town and Country Planning Department
  • Emptying of septic tanks-liquid waste
  • Collection and disposal of solid waste
  • Technical advice on both services we provide and those we cannot do ourselves, information can be given upon request on those services we do not provide
  • There are some services the Division will not provide but will liaise with the appropriate authority or person to have your needs met

Click here to visit the Division's website for further information.



Public Interest Desk

Visit the Public Interest Desk on Tuesdays between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at the First Floor, UTC Building, Scarborough, Tobago.