Ministry warns of criminals posing as public health employees
Criminals are masquerading as public health employees and requesting access to homes, to allegedly take body temperature readings, as part of the national COVID-19 response.
In a statement on Saturday night, the Ministry of Health said it has been made aware of the report of the illegal activity.
It said the overall management of the spread of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago does include home visits by public health employees.
However, the Ministry advised that all public health staff who conduct these duties are required to have official Ministry of Health or Regional Health Authority photo identification badges clearly displayed on their person at all times.
It said these identification badges must be presented to the resident upon request.
The Ministry said if the individual refuses to display their identification or present it upon request, the public is advised to immediately terminate further contact, lock their doors and contact the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service using the 999 emergency number.
To confirm the identity of someone presenting themselves as a public health representative, persons are asked to contact the relevant public health unit.
These numbers are available on the Ministry of Health’s website (www.health.gov.tt), the printed Phone Directory and from the Directory Assistance by calling 6411.
The Ministry further urged citizens to continue to take personal health precautions, be vigilant and report any suspicious cases to the police if the identity of the person cannot be confirmed.