We all need to be safe when traveling no matter what part of the world or country we persevere to travel, whether its for visiting, family or for business travel, always plan ahead, one thing I have learned from experience be safe than sorry.. Here I have some information for travellers new and old, no matter were we chose to go.
Know how to get medical care while traveling
Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:
Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
All travellers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing.
Copies of all prescriptions, including their generic names
Contact card with the street addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the following:
Family member or close contact from your home country and destination.
Health care provider(s) at home
Lodging at your destination
Area hospitals or clinics, including emergency services
Your Embassy or consulate in the destination country or countries
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance a must as it always covers just about everything.
Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call the Philippines’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. And are available online from the JCI website.
In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from your home country to avoid having to buy them at your destination.
Malaria is a risk in some parts of the Philippines. If you are going to a risk area, always be careful.
This list is general and may not include all the items you need. Some travelers may need additional health items, such as travelers who are pregnant, immune compromised, or traveling for a specific purpose like humanitarian aid work. Check your Traveler Information Center for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs.
Medical Evacuation Insurance
If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet your country standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.