Health Tips in Qatar



Mosquitoes and other insects that carry infectious diseases pose the risk of diseases such as typhoid fever, malaria, and leishmaniasis especially in the rural areas and during the rainy season. The use of mosquito repellents, mosquito nets, and wearing of long sleeves and long pants help to prevent these diseases. Improper handling, storage, and preparation of food and water may also lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and even more serious illnesses. It is important that food is stored and prepared properly and that water is boiled or mineral water in bottles is consumed instead of tap water.

Modern medical care and facilities are available in Doha while basic care are to be expected from the smaller cities or the rural areas and may not even be available in all places. Cash payment is the usual settlement in the hospitals and clinics. There are six government hospitals in Qatar which provide health services to both locals and foreigners at relatively lower fees than the private hospitals and clinics. Holders of health insurances are treated at the private general hospitals. Foreigners must check the coverage of their insurances.

It is ideal to bring one's own supply of medications and not rely on local supply most especially for travellers with medical conditions. Locations of hospitals and clinics must be familiarized with upon arrival and pertinent numbers obtained for emergency cases.


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