Healthcare Issues in Saudi Arabia


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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Travel Websites you will find useful if you are travelling to Saudi Arabia

This is the site you need for all embassy info and paperwork!
www.dfa.gov.za

A fantastic wealth of info on travelling Middle East - maps, culture info, currency info, laws and custom, tourist info
www.arab.net/saudi/index.html

A good source of info on both the legal aspects and tourist info
www.saudiembassy.net

A question everyone asks: 'Where will I live?' This site will answer all your accommodation queries
www.arabian-homes.com

Remember to tell every doctor you visit about your allergies to medicines

Emergency Medical Service
Paramedic and Western-standard ambulances are not available in the Kingdom to the private sector. Most hospital, public and private have their own ambulances but the drivers and attendants may not speak English.

In case of a life-threatening emergency, the most available and safest form of transport should be used to get to the closest medical facility. All airports have medical facilities that are generally staffed by Saudi Airlines medical personnel and English is usually spoken.

Immunizations
The following immunizations should be current for you and your children before leaving your country or at the time of arrival in the Kingdom

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria

Your doctor may recommend additional vaccinations at certain times of the year, depending on your living and working environment or what countries you are traveling to on holiday. These may include

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Yellow Fever

Please remember that Malaria is present in many countries in the world, including some parts of Saudi Arabia. Seek advice regarding prophylaxis.