Traveling to any country comes with its own health risks and conditions. Visitors should take standard precautionary measures to protect themselves from harm during their travels, and no exemption to that are tourists headed for the island of Cebu. Fortunately enough, Cebu city tries to promote good health amongst its locals as much as possible. Even so, accidents could happen anytime and anywhere to anyone. The best solution is then to avoid such medical incidences by taking preventive measures and knowing how best to keep your health in Cebu or any other location.
The most basic precautionary actions that should be made before traveling to Cebu is to make sure that all standard immunizations are up to date. The list of ailments in Cebu varies and tourists are not exempted from the widespread influence on health conditions. Here is a list of ailments which you may need vaccines from as well as the cause of such diseases:
- Hepatitis A – transmitted by unsanitary cooking methods and contaminated water
- Japanese Encephalitis – mostly transmitted by mosquitoes
- Rabies – monkey and dog bites
- Typhoid – transmitted by unsanitary cooking methods and contaminated water
- Malaria – mostly transmitted by mosquitoes
- Dengue Fever – mostly transmitted by mosquitoes
- Schistosomiasis – transmitted by larvae that penetrate into the skin
- Herpes B – monkey and dog bites
Other diseases that travelers should take proper precautions from are: Yellow Fever, Hepatitis B, Influenza and Tuberculosis. An increasing number of teenage tourists venture into unprotected intercourse with sex workers that result to multiple cases of Gonorrhea as well. Among the list of other possible dangers are marine hazards from jellyfish, corals, sharks, seas urchins and sea snakes. Also try to avoid drinking any water besides bottled water during your stay in Cebu as your body may not be used to the kind of water they provide. Vaccines mostly required for safety when visiting Cebu are provided by Cebu medical centers. Travelers may arrange to take those vaccines from their personal physicians as well. Cebu is a metropolis with drugstores available around the area that sell basic medicines in case of undesired health occurrences.
In the event that emergencies or illnesses may occur during your stay in Cebu, Cebu City boasts of renowned hospitals that provide the utmost compassion, caring and competent medical services available in the country. The Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, Perpetual Succour Hospital and the Chong Hua Hospital are but some of the sought after hospitals in the city. Internationally-trained doctors and hospital staff complement the most advanced technology there is. These hospitals assure a patient’s quality health in Cebu from the moment he steps into the hospital. Other notable health care centers available in Cebu are the St. Vincent General Hospital, Mactan Community Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital-Cebu, Cebu Velez General Hospital and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
Taking a vacation may be all about having a worry-free, relaxing and fun break, but one can never know all the dangers they may be exposed to when visiting another city. It should be a rule of thumb to find out in advance where the medical facilities shall be and what they are capable of treating. As may be seen from the fair number of facilities on it, the island of Cebu is more than capable of taking care of people’s health, which means such concerns need not stop tourists from visiting the island. Good health in Cebu is not a scarce commodity at all.