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Public Health Act Cap. 111, 1936.

Type of law

This Act sets forth provisions on the establishment, structure, authorities and duties of the Health Board, Permanent Secretary and local authorities in the field of public health. This Act determines the sanitary requirements in buildings, food enterprises, bakery, butchers' shops, settlement areas, ships, and other structures used for human habitation. In Part IV, this Act underlines that inspection shall be strengthened in the manufacture, preparation, storage, packaging, carriage or delivery stages to provide safe food for sale and consumption in order to ensure public health. Therefore, provisions are set forth in Part IV regarding hygienic requirements for the personnel, as well as for the vehicles, tools and equipment used in the food premises; obligations of the owner or occupier of premises; regulation and licensing of premises in which food or drink are sold or supplied for consumption; and penalties under the breach of these provisions. Sanitary services shall be carried out with the approval of the Health Board. Every local authority shall inspect regularly to secure the proper sanitary condition of all premises within its district, and impose penalties in case of nuisance. The Minister may add any infectious disease to or delete such from the First Schedule by notice in the Gazette and may restrict the application of the provisions of this Act regarding infectious diseases to any area defined in such notice and the First Schedule. If not authorized, no person shall enter or leave an isolation hospital, camp or station and any person so doing shall be liable to a fine. Any goods or articles certified by a medical officer of health to have been exposed to infection with an infectious disease and to be liable to carry infection may be removed to an isolation station. Moreover, houses shall be provided with a proper and sufficient supply of safe water for the domestic use and drinking. Water storage facilities shall be maintained at all times in a clean condition and protected from contamination to the satisfaction of the medical officer of health or sanitary inspector.
Date of text
An Act relating to public health.Consolidated by the Ordinances Nos. 29 of 1935, 14 of 1939, 17 of 1942, 2 of 1945, 27 of 1947, 9 of 1948, 4 of 1954, 9 of 1955, 27 of 1957, 31 of 1961, 10 of 1964, 27 of 1965, 12 of 1966, 37 of 1966, Acts No. 3 of 1972, 14 of 1975, 13 of 1977.
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