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Senegal Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever Yes
Typhoid Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes

Health Care

Senegal is severely lacking in terms of medical resources – there are only around 20 hospitals in the entire country. Dakar has the majority of these, a mixture of both private and public. Clinique du Cap on Avenue Pasteuris well-equipped, whilst Principal hospital on Avenue Nelson Mandela is a modern hospital and training centre. There is much more in terms of facilities available in urban areas, compared to rural villages, where doctors and facilities are minimal. However, it is essential to have health insurance if visiting. For an ambulance in Dakar, call SOS Medecin (tel: 889 151) or SAMU (tel: 33 628 1213).

Food and Drink

All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated, and water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water is readily available everywhere. Milk is likely to be unpasteurised and should be boiled. Alternatively, use powdered or tinned milk, both of which are available. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unpasteurised milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water, but it's fine to use swimming pools which are well-chlorinated and maintained; these are likely to be safe. Vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

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