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Health in Kenya

Medication

If you are already on medication bring your own medication. However if you run out you can get almost any medication in Kenya or an alternative or arrange to have some flown out from you care provider. Please note that it can be very hot and medicines can be damaged by heat.

Medical Assistance While in Kenya

Contact our doctor on call for free advice . A consultation charge will be applicable on treatment by local doctors. Most of the hotels have a special arrangement with a nearby doctor.

Insurance

It is important to take medical insurance before you travel to Kenya. However there are numerous Kenya insurance companies who offer insurance covers to tourist while visiting Kenya at affordable rates which include airlifting service in the event of an emergency.

Children

Kenya is a safe destination for children. Flu is an unusual disease while meningitis and pneumonia are unlikely. Kenya is virtually polio and measles free. If a child develops a cough it is likely just a cold but seek medical advice earlier than later. Do not take a sick child to the parks unless cleared by a doctor because it is impossible to evacuate at night.

Tetanus

If you get an open wound from an accident which is contaminated by sand or dirt you must get anti tetanus available in every health centre.

Communicable Diseases

Kenya has a number of communicable diseases but it has very strong department for prevention of communicable diseases and any upsurge will be advertised and public made aware. Please do not associate with persons coughing a deep cough because of tuberculosis. You are strongly advices not to engage in sex without condom protection. All blood is carefully screened before transfusion. It is safe to eat meat and poultry egg and fish in Kenya as it is inspected and very safe so long as you eat in regular licensed eating places. Please do Not eat game meat unless from licensed establishments it can be dangerous.  Do not swim in ponds unless you check that they do not have bilhazia form the residents.

Travellers Diarrhoea

Kenya does not have typhoid fever and typhoid is very unusual and usually affects children.

You can carry Ciprofloxacin and immodium and something for vomiting and rehydration salt. Usually this is enough and should abate in 12 hours. It is better to go for intravenous rehydration if diarrhoea last more than 24 hours. All children under 5 with diarrhoea must be seen by a doctor.

You are advised to drink bottled water bought at the hotel or supermarket not street.

Fruits with a skin are safe to eat always but wash them with your bottled water.  Coconut water cut open in front of you is safe to drink always and very good for diarrhoea. Water from mountain streams is safe. City water is generally safe but the pipes may not be.

If you are roughing it out do test yourself for worms and amoeba when you return home.

Insect Bites

Mosquito bites can be very irritating and sometimes get infected if they are scratched. If you are bitten by one apply aloe Vera gel it will heal. Some people attract mosquito bites more than others. To prevent bites spray yourself in the evening or when in the bush with a mosquito repellant. You can also swallow vitamin B complex. Vitamin B 2 repels mosquitoes

Other insect bites tse flies in the bush are rare. Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers in the bush. Be careful when you sit on the grass make sure there are no safari ants which can pinch you.

Spider bites are very rare.

Wild Animal Bites

Stay away from snakes. Normally it is very hard to be bitten by a snake unless you aggravate it by disturbing it or going near it when it has young. Never touch a snake even a baby one unless a local person tells you it is a safe snake to touch.

Please remember wild animals are wild and can injure you. Follow the instructions given by your tour guide. If you are bitten you may require anti rabies and anti tetanus inoculation as well as antibiotics.

Serious bites include attacks from crocodiles. First it is hard to be bitten by a crocodile and such incidents are rare if you follow safety instructions. If you are bitten it is likely you will lose a lot of blood so stop bleeding immediately tie with a cloth or belt and contact us or you insurance for an immediate evacuation to the nearest hospital.

 

HIV/Aids

HIV is found in Kenya and travellers are strongly advices to take adequate precautions with condoms.

Drinking Water

Tap water is available throughout the country; however we advise the client’s to drink bottled water.

Hospitals

We have international class hospitals in Nairobi and the capacity to airlift any person needing specialized care.

Pharmacies

Pharmacies are controlled and found in all towns in the country and all drugs for most diseases are available. Please bring your own medication if you have rare or complicated diseases.

Chemists are stocked with the common medicines are available throughout the towns and cities. Some deliver the prescription to your hotel.

Surgery's & Medical Services

Kenya also provides reasonable medical services for those who would like surgery etc at a reasonable price without waiting time and enjoy a holiday at the same time. Many insurance companies are honoured in Kenya. Please check with your insurance.

 


 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness the ‘Great Migration’ in the Maasai Mara.
  • Take pictures of pink flamingoes in lake Nakuru.
  • Discover the great herds of elephants in Tsavo.
  • Wake up to the scenic sights of Mt Kilimanjaro in Amboseli.
  • Spot the Big 5 in our national parks.

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