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Contact: Adhara King


Wednesday 26 January 2011  Chief Environmental Health Officer, Wenn Gabriel, has announced a move which promises to boost the operations of his department.


The Environmental Health Department, currently located on Jeremie Street in Castries will be moved to the Computer World Building at Bois D'Orange.


The office will commence operation at its new home on Monday January 31st , 2010.


“We have functioned under very difficult circumstances,” says Chief Environmental Health Officer, Wenn Gabriel. “Notwithstanding, we have made a very important contribution. In the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas, we were able to play a very important role in terms of monitoring the situation with respect to a number of environmental issues such as water, food safety, vector control, waste disposal and so on. We will continue to be engaged in these activities.”


Gabriel says his department is still very occupied with monitoring the island's water supply, especially since there are some areas where water has not been completely restored.


The move, Gabriel says, will alleviate staff concerns regarding their working conditions.


In addition, he says, it will provide increased convenience for customers who previously had to obtain documents from other agencies before completing their transaction with the Environmental Health Department.


“One of the things that will happen with the relocation is that all the services required by the client with respect to various activities will be provided in one office space. We will not have our clients moving back and forth in order to get a service. That is one of the important things.”


Gabriel indicated that during the move taking place this week, his office remains available to process matters of importance.


However he has asked for the patience of members of the public needing to conduct business with the department.


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