Before You Travel
Most travelers to Goa usually experience nothing worse than upset
stomachs during their trip. However it is necessary to take precautions
in the form of proper immunizations and vaccinations. Since some vaccinations
require more than one injection and some others cannot be injected
together, it is advisable to plan your vaccinations in consultation
with your doctor well in advance of your trip.
These can be then recorded on an International Health Certificate which is to be carried along with you. Entry into India requires yellow fever vaccinations especially when coming from an infected area.
Other suggested vaccinations include the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Diphtheria & Tetanus
- Meningococcal Meningitis
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese B Encephalitis
- Also make sure that you have adequate health insurance before you embark on your trip
Health Care in Goa
There are pharmacies in all the towns in Goa as also in all the tourist
areas. These are always well-stocked selling drugs manufactured in
India under license from foreign companies. Medications can usually
be bought over the counter. Most Good hotels also have a doctor on
call to take care of most complaints and prescribe medicines. The
staff at your hotel is also usually the best source for the name of
the nearest recommended doctor. There are also government and private
hospitals in most major tourist areas as also a number of private
doctors with clinics.
The main, well equipped hospitals are in the cities of Panaji, Mapusa, Margao and Vasco-da-Gama. There are also a number of ambulance services run by private, government and charitable institutions available on call. However if you are unfortunate to have been involved in an accident, the quickest way to get to hospital is by taxi or private car.