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About the Public Health Services Department

Our Organization

The Public Health Services Department of Tobago delivers a host of environment programmes to all citizens and visitors.  At present, the Department falls under the Division of Health and Social Services of the Tobago House of Assembly.

Our Department is structured into functional programme areas namely Food Safety, Mosquito Pest & Vector Control, Approval of Building Plans & Layouts, Complaints Investigattion and Waste Disposal.  A wide range of services are provided throughout the Island.

Our Mission Statement

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

Our Commitment and Values

We are committed to the delivery of professional services and leadership on environmental matters through health promotion and education, enforcement of regulations, advice, policies and excellence in the delivery of programmes for sustenance of a healthy environment.

We strive to uphold pertinent and ethical values.  We therefore serve with:

  • Professionalism - we will provide expert service through competently trained staff
  • Responsiveness - we endeavor to respond effectively to clients needs
  • Efficiency - we will strive to the thorough and give timely response to requests
  • Impartiality - we will refrain from bias when resolving conflict
  • Integrity - we will act act honestly, ethically and lawfully
  • Responsibility - we will accept accountability for our actions, and
  • Dedication - we are committed to the profession and will give our best


Services we provide

  • 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 we do not provide but we liaise with the appropriate authority or person to have your needs met