Have you ever caught a travel bug? That is one bug that we are all happy to have and we want to get infested with. However there are many other health issues that can happen when travelling abroad simply because of the environment change and they can be prevented beforehand. Here is your Tanzania Medical Checklist.
Here is your pre-medical checklist before you go to Tanzania:
Before you leave, get all the necessary checkup from a dentist to your regular doctor if you have any chronic illness to check if you are good and fit to travel to your destination. Research you destination, get all the country specific information regarding all the security threats, health issues and safety.
Regardless of your destination, get yourself educated on what vaccines you need to cover. There is plenty of information online, so make sure you have accurate and up to date information.
If you are travelling to Tanzania these are the vaccinations that you need to cover:
- Yellow fever
- Malaria (this is normally a preventive medicine before your trip)
Know your options for medical care
It can be difficult to locate and find reliable health care in a foreign country. Unless you have a reliable and trusted local who can help you in the case of emergency, it is recommended to have travel health insurance that will guide you in navigating your healthcare options in a foreign country. Your insurance plan should be able to cover emergency transport as far as Nairobi or all the way home.
In cases of injury or minor illness, you should carry a first aid kit to help yourself. The particulars in your kit can be more or less filled with either of the following items depending on your destination and activities that you will be doing:
- acetaminophen (paracetamol) or aspirin
- adhesive tape
- Ear plugs
- antibacterial ointment for cuts and abrasions
- antibiotics eg ciprofloxacin (Ciproxin) or norfloxacin (Utinor)
- antidiarrhoeal drugs (eg loperamide)
- Eye lubricant drops
- antihistamines (for allergic reactions)
- Cold and flu tablets
- anti-inflammatory drugs (eg ibuprofen)
- anti malaria pills
- Motion sickness tablets
- bandages, gauze, gauze rolls and tape
- DEET-containing insect repellent
- digital thermometer
- oral rehydration salts
- Permethrin-containing insect spray for clothing, tents and bed nets
- pocket knife
- scissors, safety pins, tweezers
- self-diagnostic kit to identify from a finger prick if malaria is in the blood
- sterile needles, syringes and fluids if travelling to remote areas
- sun block (SPF 30+)
Health and safety tips
When you arrive, to Tanzania after you have gone through the entire checklist this does not mean it is your ticket to be reckless. Just like how you observe safety and health at your home, you should do the same while abroad. Here are some of the tips:
Clean food and water
Do not drink from tap water, this is not clean water thus you should drink bottled water and other beverages. Eat fresh food that is cooked and served hot, fruits and vegetables that have been washed before peeling and eat.
Tanzania is a tropical country so make sure to wear the right clothing that will cover your exposed body parts to prevent bugs and mosquito bites, or the harsh sun rays if you are visiting during the dry and hot season.
Dera Dress, Image Source: @Reina Beaty via Pinterent
Always be aware of your surroundings and stay alert since you are in a new environment you may want to know what is going on. Educate yourself with the local laws and rules and carry a copy of your passport and other travel documents.