Public Health

Public Health

It emphasizes collective responsibility for health, its protection and disease prevention. Key to this is the recognition of the key role of the Local Authority, linked to a concern for the underlying socio-economic and wider determinants of health, as well as disease. There are three main areas of public health practice: health improvement, health protection and health services. The focus areas for Matsapha are:

Food Health and Safety

Focus is given on handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. Activities to do this include inspections of food outlets as wel as seizure and condemnation of unwholesome food and expired items.

Occupational Health and Safety

This includes conditions and factors that affect the wellbeing of employees, temporary workers, contract workers, visitors and any other person in the workplace. As an industrial town, the Department educates, monitors firms’ practices, procedures, processes and identifies associated risks and modalities for managing them.

Informal Trade Management

The Local Authority has organized informal trade by providing small business enterprise zones from which informal traders operate. To organize and manage this important sector sustainably Council has developed an informal trade Policy and draft Informal Trade Bye-laws.

Trade and Development

All new business outlets require a Trading License and the Department facilitates this by issuing favorable health reports in the form of Health Clearance Certificates as per the requirement of the Public Health Act No. 5 of 1969 section 26 (4). This function is done in Partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Trade.