Imagine the worry you would have after meticulously planning, arranging, and organizing your vacation for months only to have a health issue arise in a foreign country without access to insurance or medication. Medical professionals in the UAE believe it is very possible that travelers would become ill while on vacation.
Healthcare professionals repeatedly stress the importance of scheduling a pre-trip consultation with a travel medicine clinic because any medical discomfort can interfere with vacation preparations. Even some hospitals in the UAE have special travel clinics that offer preventive medical treatment.
The traveler’s health clinic at the hospital is specialized in travel medicine and was formed under the family medicine department, according to Dr. Ahmed Hashim Ahmed Mohamed, general practitioner at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi. In addition to immunizations against tropical diseases including yellow fever and typhoid fever, the clinic offers preventive medical care. Additionally, the experts recommend drugs to avoid illnesses like malaria.
“International travelers who travel for pleasure, business, or to see friends and family make up the majority of the clinic’s patients and clientele. These clinics are set up to do individualized clinical risk evaluations based on the requirements of the patients and their travel schedules.
Medical professionals can offer helpful guidance on various precautions to mitigate health risks associated to infectious diseases, parasite infections, and environmental dangers particular to the destination when travelers consult with them before their trip.
It is imperative to get in touch with the travel medicine clinic well in advance of your departure date, approximately four to eight weeks beforehand.
People who travel abroad have a greater than 50% probability of contracting a travel-related sickness, according to Dr. Maria Clarrisa Sagun Magallanes of G.P. Prime Medical Center Al Barsha Heights. Get hospital coverage with your travel insurance. While the majority of illnesses brought on by travel are minor, a few can have substantial health consequences, including gastrointestinal problems, surgery, accidents, etc. All travelers should be ready for their trip, aware of any health concerns, and taking precautions to avoid getting sick.
They advise getting your teeth and eyes checked, as well as keeping a spare set of glasses in case you need them.
“Plaster/bandages including band-aid, sterile dressing, gauze, and antiseptic cream is also a must,” Magallanes continues.
Patients who have persistent medical issues, immune deficiencies, or who are pregnant should exercise extra caution.
Internal medicine specialist Dr. Jemshid Eranhikkal of the Aster Clinic in Tecom Dubai advised seeking medical advice at least one month before departure to allow for comprehensive evaluation and immunization. Patients should bring plenty of their current prescriptions with them on trips because they might not find equivalent medications there.
Daily-use medications should be kept in hand luggage rather than checked luggage that could go missing.