The Ministry of Health and Social Services is the authority responsible for safeguarding and promoting the health and social wellbeing of the people of Montserrat.

The Ministry is led by the Minister for Health and Social Services who has constitutional responsibility. The Permanent Secretary has oversight responsibility for the management and strategic coordination and administration of the operations of the Ministry and its related departments. The Chief Medical Officer provides technical guidance on local, regional and international public health matters as well as manages and overseas the provision of medical staff for the health system.
The Ministry seeks to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates human development and improves the quality of life in Montserrat by:

  • developing proactive policies, legislation, strategies, and programmes for the health and social service sectors
  • promoting gender equity, social justice, and the progressive realization of human rights the right to health
  • performing essential public health functions, including health promotion, public health surveillance, research, and control of risks to public health
  • mitigating the impact of natural and man-made disasters on the health of the population
  • delivering a wide range of social protection programmes and services, including social safety net programmes targeting the most vulnerable members of the population

All these activities are performed through close collaboration with other sectors and international agencies and development partners, community participation, and promoting self-reliance by building uponon and increasing the assets and capabilities of individuals and social groups to improve their standard of living.

The Minister of Health and Social Services

Hon. Charles Kirnon

Tel: (664) 491-2541

Permanent Secretary

Ms. Camille Thomas-Gerald
Tel: (664) 491-2880

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Sharra Greenaway-Duberry
Tel: (664) 491-5340

Director of Primary Care / Epidemiologist / Health Planner

Dr. Dorothea Hazel-Blake
Tel: (664) 491-5218

Director of Nursing

Desreen Silcott
Tel: (664) 491-2835 / 2843

Director of Secondary Care

Arlene Ponteen
Tel: (664) 491-2836 / 2802

Director of Social Services

Mrs Teresena Fergus
Tel: (664) 491-3895 / 8142

Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Community Services, Youth and Sport

Hon. Veronica Dorsette-Hector

Tel: (664) 491-2880


Contact the Ministry of Health & Social Services

P.O. Box 24
Government Headquarters
Brades, Montserrat
Tel: (664) 491-2880
Fax: (664) 491-3131