Do you want to visit Lamu town Hospitals? Do you know where to find the best medical services in this area? If you are interested in medical facilities in Kenya and especially Lamu, let me take this opportunity to show you all hospitals, clinics, drug shops, pharmacies in Lamu .
Health Issues. There are no mandatory vaccinations for entry into Kenya, from the Europe, USA or Australasia however a yellow fever vaccination certificate may be requested if the traveler comes from areas where this illness is endemic, for example Rwanda or Congo.
As well as for any other kind of trip, it is advisable to be vaccinated against the most common illnesses and you should seek the professional advice of your local travel advisory centre in good time before making your escape.
Despite many local residents of Lamu claiming that there is no Malaria and that they never take prophylactics there is no rational reason why malaria would NOT be prevalent on the archipelago and indeed the local Ministry of Health representatives say that it is common.
Whilst on holiday in Africa taking a malaria prophylactic is always to be recommended (especially when traveling with kids) if only because if you are unlucky to contract the disease it is such a palaver to have it diagnosed and treated when you get home! Whilst all our retreats offer mosquito nets and regularly spray their premises there is no substitute for:-
a) A good preventative regime of bathing kids at sundown, applying insect repellant and dressing them into light pajamas. Adults should also apply repellant at sundown time.
b) Taking the prophylactic advised by your local travel advisory centre in good time to provide cover for the start of your trip.
Note that Nairobi has world class hospitals and doctors who are pioneers in the research and treatment of Malaria and other tropical illnesses.
Ensure that you have ample medical evacuation cover in your Travel Insurance and in the event that the Lamu Hospital cannot fix you up you can be in Nairobi within 2 hours.
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE SUN, which in this latitude can produce very serious burns. There is often a sea breeze in Lamu which deceives one into thinking it not as hot as it is.
This combined with reflection from the water leads to frequent cases of sun-burn and dehydration even amongst hardened sun worshippers!
It is advisable to drink bottled water at all times in Lamu unless the Retreat you are staying at has its own borehole and can vouch for the purity of the water. Carry bottled water with you on all your excursions and drink more than you think you need!
Kenya has one of the worst healthcare records in the world, but the development of local facilities and training of volunteers has brought some hope to Kenyans living in rural area.
Talk to locals in Kenya, about what worries them most in life and the answer will probably be their health and the health of their family.
Look at the statistics and it's easy to see why. Despite record investment over the past years, Kenya's healthcare performance is still ranked as one of the worst in the world.
AVAILABLE MEDICAL FACILITIES IN KENYA
• For a guide to physicians, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies and ambulance services in Kenya, go to the U.S.Embassy website.
• Adequate medical care is available in Nairobi, though facilities are limited elsewhere. Most doctors and hospitals will expect payment in cash, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance.
• Serious medical problems will require air evacuation to a country with state-of-the-art medical facilities.
MEDICAL INSURANCE :
You can’t assume your insurance will go with you when you travel to Kenya. It’s very important to find out BEFORE you leave whether or not your medical insurance will cover you overseas. You need to ask your insurance company two questions:
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
• Do not drink tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered, or chemically disinfected.
• Do not drink unbottled beverages or drinks with ice.
• Do not eat fruits or vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked.
• Avoid cooked foods that are no longer piping hot
INSECT AND TICK PROTECTION
• Wear long sleeves, long pants, hats and shoes (rather than sandals).
• For rural and forested areas, boots are preferable, with pants tucked in, to prevent tick bites.
SWIMMING AND BATHING PRECAUTIONS
• Avoid swimming, wading, or rafting in bodies of fresh water, such as lakes, ponds, streams, or rivers.
KENYA HEALTH CARE GENERAL ADVICE
• Bring adequate supplies of all medications in their original containers, clearly labeled.
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