Healthcare & Emergency Services in Flores
Those travelling to Flores before 2016 would have said that health care facilities are very basic but with the recent opening of Siloam Hospital in Labuan Bajo this perception is now slowly changing.
Aside to Siloam Hospital, there are also government-run public hospitals in Labuan Bajo, Maumere, Ende and in other districts within Flores and health centres established by Catholic missionaries from the time of the Dutch. You can opt for local doctors in town, with their own small examination rooms where they receive patients. Other districts each have their own public hospitals established by the Government, which have been serving locals and visitors alike since before 2016.
It is best to pack some medication with you as an act of precaution that could treat minor ailments such as headaches, light fever, diarrhoea, body aches and light pains. Traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common travel-related ailment due to compromised food and water, so do bring along an antibiotic and an anti-diarrheal drug to be started promptly if significant diarrhoea occurs.
As an act of precaution against Malaria, do speak to your doctor on how to prevent contracting Malaria while travelling. As Malaria and Dengue is transmitted via mosquitoes, try to avoid mosquito bites with the use of insect repellents. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent Malaria, depending on your travel plans.
Click here to find out more on healthcare in Flores and for a list of essential phone numbers and addresses that may be useful for your up-and-coming trip.
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