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Expressions of Interest for Quarantine Facilities in Tobago
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 11:56

Expression of Interest for Quarantine Facilities



 
Tobagonians can access COVID-19 Social Support services
Friday, 03 April 2020 13:20

Covid-19-Social-Support-Services

The Division hereby informs that Tobagonians who have been retrenched, terminated or experienced a reduction in income as a result of the COVID-19 virus, can access the COVID-19 Social support services being offered by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services. These include income, food and rental support.

To access these support services, persons must fulfil all criteria. The criteria, guidelines and application forms are available online at:

All completed forms must be submitted via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If applicants cannot complete the form or do not have email access, persons can call the Tobago COVID-19 Social Support Hotline at 487-7412 / 498-1967.

If the only problem is no access to an email, applicants are advised to explore the following options before calling the hotline:

  • Seek assistance from a friend or family member to print the required forms. Once the forms have been completed, cell phone cameras or scanners can be used to email the documents as required.
  • Seek assistance from a friend or family member to establish your own email address. The process is simple and can be done through a number of providers such as hotmail, gmail, or yahoo. Alternatively, ask a friend or family member to use his / her email address but ensure to put the applicant’s information in the subject of the email as stated in the guidelines.
  • If all of the aforementioned fails, the offices of the Members of Parliament, Assemblymen and the Division of Health Wellness and Family Development can assist by appointment only.
 
Proper Way to Wash and Clean Your Hands
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 15:16

Proper Way to Wash and Clean Hands
Did you know that washing your hands is one of the few ways to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus? But, do you know the proper way to wash and clean yiour hands?

You can do this with soap and water, or with an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Follow the instructions on how to wash and clean your hands the proper way to prevent the spread of the novel corona virus.

 
Preventative Measures for the COVID-19
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:28

Preventative Measures for the COVID-19

Prevent the transmission of COVID-19

- Wash your hands 
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact
- Stay at home
- Practice social distancing
- Clean and disinfect

 
How are you preparing for COVID-19?
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:11

Are you prepared for COVID-19?

One of the first things to remember during this time of COVID-19 ... DO NOT PANIC!

- Wash your hands often
- Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze and/ or cough in the crook of your elbow
- Practice social distancing i.e stay 3ft - 6ft away from persons
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Do not touch your face
- Protect the most at risk
- Help the elderly get supplies like medicine and first aid kits
- Call the toll free number if you experience and flu-like symptoms

 
The Tobago COVID-19 Hotline Up and Running
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 13:43

Tobago Covid-19 Hotline is Up and Running

The Division of Health, Wellness and Family Devleopment is pleased to announce that the Tobago COVID-19 Hotline is up and running!

Have you recently travelled abroad; or outside of Trinidad and Tobago? Have you been in close contact with someone who has recently travelled outside of Trinidad and Tobago? Are you; or do you know someone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms which include:
- Fever (with either)
- Runny Nose
- Sore throat
- Cough
- Shortness of breath
- Headache
- Muscle pains

Then call the toll FREE number 800-HEAL (4325) and you will assistance on the next step forward.

 
COVID 19 Social Support Services
Friday, 27 March 2020 18:08

COVID 19


The following includes the guidelines and forms for Social Support Services for COVID-19:




 
NGO's Collaborate on IDB Project to Develop Male Adolescents as "Agents of Change"
Monday, 03 February 2020 15:23

Head table leading the discussions. From left: Ms. Neeca Brathwaite, Senior Operations Associate, IDB Country Office, T&T; Mr. Kevin Liverpool, Administrator, CARIMAN; Ms. Laurence Telson, Senior Operations Specialist, Gender and Diversity Division, Social Sector of the IDB and Mr. Micheal Stewart, Founder and President of BMEN.

“We have a proposal that seeks to promote healthy masculinity and increase empathy among our men and boys.” This according to Ms. Laurence Telson, Senior Operations Specialist, Gender and Diversity Division, Social Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Ms. Telson was the main guest at a meeting convened by the BMEN organisation at the newly established Blue Room, Fort King George, Tobago. The meeting was held on 30th January, 2020 and comprised representatives of some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that work with men and boys. In addition to BMEN, these groups included Choice Foundation, Tobago Prisons Youth Clubs and Rights of Passage Boys to Men.

 
Towards Accreditation of the St. Andrews School of Medicine, Tobago
Monday, 03 February 2020 15:19

Evaluation towards Accreditation! The ACTT team together with evaluators briefing the entire group before commencing individual and group interviews.
On 30th January, 2020, the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) lead a team of experts to evaluate the Scarborough General Hospital (SGH), which is part of the process towards accreditation of the St. Andrews School of Medicine, Tobago (SASMT). This comes on the heels of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development and the St. Andrews School of Medicine in December 2019, for the establishment of the St. Andrews School of Medicine, Tobago.

 
Orientation Held for Permanent List of Daily Paid, Public Health Workers
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:40

It was the first day of work for the new daily paid, public health workers
On 20th January, 2020, an orientation session was held for the first batch of daily paid, public health workers at the Fairfield Complex, Bacolet, Tobago. The one-day session gave the workers an overview of the Division, and informed them on the role of the Public Health Services Department, reporting lines, terms and conditions of employment, roles and responsibilities of employees, nutrition, health and wellness and anger management techniques.

 
DHWFD and NUGFW Sign Agreement for Permanent List of Daily Paid, Public Health Workers
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:32

Agreement Signed!
Last Friday, 10th January, 2020, the Division of Health Wellness and Family Development (DHWFD) and the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) signed the agreement for the Permanent Cadre of Daily paid employees at the Public Health Services Department, for the period 2013 to 2019.

This agreement is indeed a milestone as it upgraded two hundred and sixty (260) regular / casual workers to permanent status, with the respective benefits. This upgrade also creates employment opportunities for persons who have applied to become regular / casual workers at the Public Health Services Department; such workers will be accessed from our current database of applicants.

The Division thanks all persons from both entities who worked tirelessly to ensure the completion of this list.

 
Community Received Update on Roxborough Hospital
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:27

A cross section of the attendees at the update meeting on the Roxborough Hospital.

The Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development in collaboration with the Tobago Regional Health Authority held a second community meeting at the Roxborough Health Centre on Thursday 19th December, 2019, to update residents on the progress of construction at the Roxborough Hospital. This was also an opportunity for residents to provide feedback.

Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development and Ms. Ingrid Melville, Chairman, Tobago Regional Health Authority were in attendance to take notes and respond to the concerns raised by residents. Additionally, Mr. Ryan Melville, Project Manager, UDeCOTT delivered a PowerPoint presentation to residents, providing visual updates and responding to technical concerns raised by the residents.

Some of the key issues/ expectations raised by the residents were:

-        - Is the hospital being built to accommodate the growth rate of Tobago?

-     - The bridge at the front of the Police Station needs to be widened to control traffic flow. We also need to raise the bridge and move the pipe that traps bamboo and encourages flooding.

-        - Can foreign doctors come and work at this hospital?

-       -  Every health centre should have an ambulance.

-        - Does the contractor have experience in delivering this type of facility?

-        - What is the cost of the project?

-      - How can we be assured that the community is not affected by waste water from this facility?

-      - We receive a lot of bad service from the nurses and doctors at the current hospital. Are we going to experience this same problem at this new facility?

-       - Will we have a shortage of nurses at this new facility?

-       - We thank Dr. Carrington for this bold step to ensure this hospital comes to the East.

-     - When this hospital is finished, there will be a lot of opportunities for agriculture to supply the hospital.

-          - What would you [Dr. Carrington] like from us the residents to make this partnership with the community a fruitful one?

-          - We need adequate parking space for staff and visitors to the facility. We also need a load in area established and a nursery for staff’s children.

-          - Is there a problem to get specialists at the Scarborough General Hospital? If so, will we have the same problem at this new facility?

 
8 Persons Graduate from Anger Management Workshop
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:23

Boxing gloves and a punching bag, one of the activities used in the Anger Management Workshop.

The Community Mediation Unit, of the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, held a graduation ceremony for eight persons who participated in an eight-week long Anger Management Workshop. The ceremony was held at the Community Mediation Centre, #16 Bagatelle Trace, Bagatelle Branch Road #1 on Thursday 19th December, 2019.

 
Community Residence Celebrate Children in Observance of Universal Children's Day
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:20

Children participate in one of the activities in observance of Universal Children's Day.

Each year, Universal Children’s Day is observed worldwide on 20th November, a day to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. This year the Community Residence for Children celebrated Universal Children’s Day on Tuesday 10th December, 2019 by hosting a Sports Day specifically for children of the Residence, Probation Hostel, Technical Vocation Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Happy Haven School and the Tobago School for the Deaf, Speech and Language Impaired. The event was held at the picturesque Canoe Bay facility and the children engaged in several novelty events and sporting activities including: sprint races, football, aerobics, talent competition and team building exercises.

 
Eight Probationers Trained to "Think For a Change"
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:13

Probationers participated in the

Eight probationers who are currently before the Courts of Trinidad and Tobago graduated from the “Thinking for a Change Programme” on 6th December, 2019 at the Probation Unit, Main Street, Scarborough. The programme is an initiative of the Probation Unit to create new ways of thinking among youths before the Courts of Trinidad and Tobago, in an effort to reduce recidivism. Probationers learned that a person’s thinking and feelings affect their behavior and the choices they make when faced with a situation. The programme was held for one day per week for six weeks.

 
New Healthcare Training Institute and Launch of ENA Programme
Friday, 06 December 2019 11:38

The Institute of Healthcare Training and Development is officially opened!

Tuesday 04th December, 2019 saw the commissioning of the Institute for Healthcare Training and Development, a first on the island of Tobago. This facility is located at the Old Scarborough Hospital, Fort Street, Scarborough, and it was formed through collaborative efforts led by the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, together with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education in Trinidad, the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy in Tobago. This day also marked the launch of the Enrolled Nursing Assistants (ENA) Programme at the same location.

 
Celebrating Persons with Disabilities
Friday, 06 December 2019 10:25

Students of TecVoc sing and play drums at the thanksgiving service to celebrate International Day for Persons with Disabilities

The Tobago Coordinating Committee for Persons with Disabilities (TCCD) hosted a thanksgiving service in observance of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, yesterday, Tuesday 03rd December, 2019 at the Lowlands/ Hampden Multipurpose Facility. International Day for Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on this date by the United Nations (UN), and this year’s theme was ‘promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda.’

 
C.A.O.H brings Cancer Fair and Cultural Showcase to Tobago
Friday, 29 November 2019 15:16

A cross-section of the attendees at the Cancer Fair & Cultural Show

Residents of the Delaford community and environs came out in their numbers on Saturday 23
rd November, 2019 to a Cancer Fair and Cultural Show at the Pink Room facility, Windward Main Road, Delaford. The event was hosted by the Caribbean Association of Oncology and Hematology (C.A.O.H) in collaboration with the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, the ScotiaBank Foundation and the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA). This event was part of the Association’s overall outreach project to visit a number of communities and render their services throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

 
Awareness Walk in Observance of Universal Children's Day
Friday, 29 November 2019 15:04

Participants of the Awareness Walk process through Lower Scarborough.
The Children and Family Services Unit, under the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development collaboration with The Child Protection Unit, of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the Community Social Services Unit, The Children's Authority - Tobago, The Student and Support Services Unit, of the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy, and other stakeholders to participate in an 'Awareness Walk' through Scarborough in observance of Universal Children's Day on Wednesday 20th November, 2019.

 
Second REACH Grant Distribution for 2019
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 16:18

Group photo! The REACH Grant recipients pose for a group photo with the Honourable Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary in the THA (centre, seated), Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington (right, seated) and Mrs. Dianne Baker-Henry (left, seated).

In its second grant distribution for the year of 2019, the Realization for Economic Achievement (R.E.A.C.H) Unit, under the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development held a ceremony for the 33 male and female young entrepreneurs from various communities throughout Tobago. The R.E.A.C.H Grant Distribution Ceremony was held on Thursday 21st November, 2019 at the Division’s Head Office, Habib Building, Wilson Road, Scarborough.

 
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