Alcohol, Drug Abuse Prevention
ADAPP Hosts its Second Annual Substance Abuse Symposium

Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye, Manager, Epiphany Consultant Services Ltd during the delivery of her presentation.


“Illegal drug trends impacts our safety … its violence affects our young people and they are forced to grow up in uncomfortable environments.” Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington explained some of the effects that drug use and drug trafficking may have on our society at the Substance Abuse Symposium themed, ‘Drug Trafficking: Social and Societal Effects.’ This was the second symposium of its kind hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme (ADAPP) on Thursday 5th September, 2019 at the Tobago Nutrition Co-operative Society, Canaan.

 
A Focus on Women at Substance Abuse Symposium

Mrs. Billie Sterling-Lewis (r) presents Ms. Hulsie Bhaggan with a token of appreciation

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme (ADAPP), in the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, hosted a Substance Abuse Symposium in commemoration of the United Nation’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, at the Tobago Nutrition Cooperative Society Limited (Food & Nutrition Building) on Tuesday 26th June, 2018. The theme for this year’s observance was “Listen First: Listening to Children and Youth the First Step for Health, Growth and Development.” However, the Symposium was focused on the impact of female substance abusers on the family, all in keeping with the Division’s year-long agenda from March 8th (International Women’s Day) to focus on women and empower them to #PressforProgress. The Symposium was held under the theme “Substance Use Disorders-Unravelling the Peculiarities of the Female Addict.”

 
ADAPP's Vacation Camp 2016

Manager, ADAPP Unit presents a certificate to one of the campers.
The closing ceremony and Day 5 of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention (ADAPP) Unit's Vacation Camp came to a close on Friday 26th August, 2016 at the Lambeau Multipurpose Facility. Present to give the feature address at the ceremony was Assistant Secretary in the Division of Health and Social Services Assemblyman Sheldon Cunningham.

 
Realisation of Economic Achievement (REACH) Expo 2013

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The Division of Health and Social Services recently provided the opportunity for approximately thirty (30) small businesses in Tobago to showcase their talents/wares, when it hosted the Realisation of Economic Achievement (REACH) Expo 2013 at the APT James Park, Scarborough.

The REACH Programme was developed by the Department of Social Services to assist business persons in Tobago in reaching their set goals and being successful. To date the REACH initiative has recorded 271 applications for the period 2005 to 2007. The exposition showcased about thirty (30) businesses in the areas of food production, clothing, beauty care, jewellery, cosmetics and much more.

Secretary of Health and Social Services, the honourable Claudia Groome-Duke in her feature address, highlighted that the theme of the expo “Creating Pathways” was very relevant as one of her mandates is poverty reduction. Secretary Groome- Duke continued crediting the REACH programme, “Job creation provides income for the poor and sustains social security.”

 

The programme’s main objectives are:

ü  To promote self-empowerment, entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency

ü  To equip the vulnerable and disadvantaged with marketable skills

ü  To reduce unemployment, under employment and dependency in communities

ü  To encourage the establishment of micro businesses

The Unit continues to service its clients by hosting training sessions and sensitization programs to educate and increase awareness on the part of the clients.

 
DHSS Emancipation Staff Breakfast

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Emancipation Day is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago on August 1st every year. This year, the Secretary of Health and Social Services hosted a  breakfast coupled
with live entertainment for the staff in celebration of Emancipation Day, 2013.

The breakfast, held at the division’s main office compound in Glen Road,
Scarborough on July 31st, 2013, cam e off successfully, seeing staff
portraying their African wear and partaking in creole style breakfast.

Forming part of this event was a competition for staff with the categories of Best Head Wrap, Best Dressed Male and Best
Dressed Female.

Best Head Wrap went to Charmain Waldroft, Best Dressed Male was Curt Moses and Nadine Henry was adjudged Best Dressed Female.

 
PUBLIC HEALTH- RODENT CONTROL IN TOBAGO

PUBLIC NOTICE

RODENT CONTROL PROGRAMME- 2013

THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE DIVISION OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD BE CONDUCTING A RODENT CONTROL PROGRAMME THROUGHOUT TOBAGO FROM MONDAY 5TH AUGUST TO THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, 2013.

THIS IS TO REDUCE THE RODENT POPULATION ON THE ISLAND AND AVOID RODENT-BORNE DISEASES AND DAMAGE TO MATERIAL AND GOODS.

THE PUBLIC IS ASKED TO

 KEEP FOOD ITEMS IN SECURE CONTAINERS

 SECURE GARBAGE IN COVERED BINS AS BEST AS POSSIBLE

 LOOK FOR EVIDENCE OF RODENT DROPPINGS AND SMELL OF URINE

ALL COMPLAINTS OF RODENT INFESTATION SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH HOTLINE AT (868) 639-1433.

 
Touch Tobago and Tobago Progressive Association Provide Missionary Health Care Services to Tobago

TT001The organisation Touch Tobago was recently honoured by the Division of Health and Social Services at a reception dinner held in Charlotteville at Sharon and Pheb’s Restaurant. Speaking to those attending the Secretary of Health and Social Services Assemblyman Claudia Groome-Duke thanked the organisation for their efforts over the years and noted that their contribution to a healthier Tobago is valued.

For over twelve years, Touch Tobago, a medical mission of the United States of America, has been visiting the Island to provide medical services to the people of Tobago and in particular the community of Charlotteville. To date they have treated over 200 patients in their mission to improve the lives of Tobagonians. The group of fourteen medical practitioners headed by Dr. Noreen Johnson is in Tobago again and is operating their clinic at the Charlotteville Health Centre.

Assemblyman Claudia Groome-Duke expressed her appreciation on behalf of the Division and the people of Charlotteville and by extension the people of Tobago for the excellent work done and the cooperation that existed with the local health care staff in the Tobago House of Assembly.

Tokens of Appreciation were presented to every member of the team on behalf of the Division of Health and Social Services.

Another organisation with like objectives was also recognized bySecretary of Health and Social Services through a cocktail reception hosted at the Tobago Nutrition Co-operative.

The Tobago Progressive Association of the U.S. Inc, founded in 1989 seeks to recognise and initiate projects to aid the islands of Tobago and Trinidad in the areas of health, education and social welfare.

Their most recent mission trip targeted four locations in Trinidad and six in Tobago, where services were provided to over 1500 persons. The Scarborough General Hospital was beneficiary to large amount of medical supplies.

 

Their present mission to Tobago in July, 2013 will provide Tobago with services of Health Forums on HIV/AIDS, diabetes, prostate cancer, cholesterol education, hypertension, thyroid gland examination, physical therapy, breast/self examination and nutrition.

 

SCHEDULE (July)

Tuesday 16- Buccoo Point

Wednesday 17- Louis D'or/Speyside/Delaford

Thursday 18 - Scaborough

Friday 19 - Hope/John Dial

Saturday 20- Health Forum at Good News SDA church, Scarborough

Monday 22- Parlatuvier

Tuesday 23- Black Rock

Wednesday 24- Belle Garden/ Argyle

Thursday 25- Golden Lane/St.Thomas/ Les Coteaux

 

The Division of Health and Social Services continues to partner with missionary groups in enhancing the quality of living for persons in Tobago.

 
INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING- CHURCH SERVICE

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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit
Trafficking is celebrated annually on June 26
to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to
society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

In commemoration of International Day Against Drug Abuse and
Illicit Trafficking, 2013, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme Unit (ADAPP) of the Department of
Social Services hosted a church service on Tuesday 25th June, 2013,
in the community of Plymouth at the New Testament Church to specially
commemorate the international observance.

Ms. Raylene Lindsay, Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Social Services and
Gender Affairs, brought brief remarks in the programme.
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She credited the initiative of opening a substance abuse centre at the old hospital
in July and the support that it will give to the homeless and displaced in our
society.
She praised all the efforts of the ADAPP unit in raising awareness.

As she rounded up her remarks, she reminded all present that drug abuse and
illicit drug trafficking is everybody's business, not just yours, or theirs, but
ours.

This church service opened the curtains for other programmes the ADAPP unit is hosting in commemoration of this day.
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National Anti-Drug Consultation

 
CICAD (Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission) Workshop

Written by Karena Smart

Ms. Ethlyn JohnThe Official Closing Ceremony of the 4th Biennial Meeting of Caribbean National Observations on Drugs was held at the Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel on Friday 16th September 2011. Facilitators and Participants from Canada, the Organization of American States, and the Caribbean countries joined Tobago participants including Honorable Claudia Groome-Duke, the Secretary of Health and Social Services and Ms. Ethlyn John, the Administrator.