Environmental Health

Environment health is concern with human health and diseases which are determined by environment and behavioural factors. Environmental health is the practise of assessing and controlling the environment that can potentially affect health.

The health division comprises of five (5) sections. These sections provide environmental health services through implementing environment health policies (laws) by monitoring, controlling and enforcement.

These roles are also carried out by promoting the improvement of environmental standards and by encouraging use of environmental friendly and healthy technologies, behaviours and practises.

The following are some activities undertaken by the sections within the division

  • Health inspection - concerns with promoting and providing health and safe environment through regular inspections to ensure compliance with health and other legislations

  • Environment monitoring & Pollution control - to regulate or control and monitor the environmental pollution levels through regular sample collection for analysis and ensure safe & healthy work places and practises

  • Health Promotion - is to educate residents through health awareness to enable residents to have grater understanding and control over health determinants thus improve the quality of their life

  • Vector Control - is concern with the control and reduction of vector borne insects through biological, environmental (engineering) and chemical applications to reduce the adult population of vector borne insects to a manageable levels thus not poses public health concern

  • Cemetery - is to develop, maintain and control proper and orderly burials consistent with appropriate legislations

  • Public Toilets - is to plan, build and maintain sufficient public sanitary facilities and kept in sanitary conditions for public conveniences consistent with public health legislations Some of the legalisation enforce by the division includes;

      Public Health Act and all Regulations

      Public Health (Sanitation and General) Regulation - Sewerage regulation - Septic tank regulation - Building regulation - Under ground water tank regulation

      • Food Sanitation Act and Regulations

      • Cemetery Control Act and Regulations

      • Informal Sector Development and Control Act

      • Environment Contaminant Act and regulations

      • NCDC Litter law and others Office locations

      1. Health Inspection, Health Promotion and Environ Monitoring & Pollution Control - Lagatoi Haus (opposite Lamana hotel). Phone: 3250280/3250232/3251353 2. Vector Control - Gordons (opposite the police station): Phone: 3257517 3. Cemetery - Nine (9) Mile: Phone: 3281235

    Health Inspection

    This section supervises, coordinates, monitors and conducts food inspection and other health related programs throughout the city. The inspectorial responsibilities are decentralized to three Local Level Government areas to comply with the Reforms.

    Urban Vector Control

    This section coordinates, supervises and carryout all Vector Control activities throughout the city. This includes; Mosquito control, Fogging Operation, Larvicide's Abate, Source Reduction, Aedes Inspection, etc.

    Dog Pound

    The management of Dog Pound is outsourced to RSPCA Inc. since May 2006. RSPCA is responsible for the control of stray animals in the city.

    Market Administration

    Market administration is jointly managed by Revenue, Security, Property and Admin and Health Divisions. Health Division took charge of all NCD Markets as of 14th November 2002. The objectives are:

    Development of Strategies to improve market facilities and its operation; Implement awareness campaign against littering by way of enforcement under Market Rules; Ensure harmonious and peaceful interpersonal relations within the markets; and to develop and maintain appropriate cleaning system for all city markets.

    We have currently 9 Established Markets, 5 Mini Markets, 22 Proposed Mini Markets and 4 illegal Markets in the city.

    Informal Sector Markets

    The following strategic locations are designated for Informal Sector business activities as pilot projects.

    No Suburb Location Description
    1 Town Sec 6, Lot 22, Granville Coronation Park
    2 Town Sec 2, Lot 12 Granville Old Papuan Hotel
    3 Koki Sec 85, Lot 6, Matirogo Existing market
    4 Boroko Tabari Place, Portion 1638 Craft Market
    5 Boroko Area between Sec 14, Lot 12 and Sec 15, Lot 1 Boroko Between Counterpoint and Stop N Shop
    6 Erima Cnr of Kookaburra St and Spoonbill Dr, Sec 116, Lot 1 Undeveloped allotment
    7 Waigani Part of Sec 354, Lot 1, Hohola (Waigani Offices) To be identified

    No Go Zones for Informal Sector Activities

    The following sites are designated as “no-go” zones.

    Bus stops, roads & road reserves, car parks, shop fronts, schools & educational institutions, hospitals & clinics, public parks & reserves, beach, the whole area of Down Town and Motu Koitabu Villages for people other than Motu Koitabuans.