Community & Social Services


In support of the National Department of Health, the National Capital District Commission works at safeguarding the health of residents of Port Moresby by enforcing and policing several health and public safety laws and by-laws.

The NCDC does this through its Health Division by emphasising the following:

Health Inspection:

The Commission physically conducts inspections of all city premises and public facilities to ensure standards are maintained in accordance with relevant legislations.

Environmental Monitoring & Pollution Control (EMPC):

The Commission also does this regularly to monitor and help maintain environmental pollution, maintain standards, ensure safe work places, and water & food safety through regular sample collection for laboratory analysis and advisory measures to the relevant bodies.

Health Promotion:

NCDC also promotes health and works at preventing health issues through education and awareness on prevailing health matters of sanitation, child care, nutrition, life styles illnesses, environmental health and emerging & re-emerging and other health related issues with the view to improve quality of life of the residents.

Vector Control:

The Commission has a vector unit that regularly sprays the City in the fight against Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. The Vector Control Program works at trying to reduce the incidence of mosquitoes and other urban vectors of public health importance through application of chemical, biological and engineering control measures.


NCDC maintains the public cemetery at 9 Mile and also concerns itself with the development, maintenance & beautification and keeping of burial records of the public cemetery as per the Cemetery and Public Health Acts.

Dog Pound/Animal Control:

The Commission also has a dog pound whose administration has since been outsourced to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA-PNG), however, the enforcement of the legislation governing this still remains with the NCDC as it falls under the Public Health Act. The facility provides for animal care and allows for public safety and convenience by minimising nuisance and problems relating to uncontrolled domestic animals.