Medical kits for travel in Uganda
In recent years the quality of local medical facilities and availability of drugs in Uganda has improved enormously. Many of the hotels and lodges also now carry quite a stock of medicines and communications have improved to such an extent that it has become much easier to locate medicines in an emergency.
One of the key issues is that if you are planning to travel to Uganda hand luggage only, then all of this can add up to quite a bulky item. But many of the items are small or can be repackaged into smaller volumes. Repackaging of tablets is usually strongly advised against for obvious reasons. Be sure to retain all the instruction leaflets.
Here is a reasonably comprehensive list of items which you might like to include in your personal medical kit for your trip to Uganda …
*** usually essential
** optional but you need to take with you
* optional, You don’t have to take these with you
proof of insurance***
blood type certificate** … and any other relevant health information in case of emergency
certification of vaccinations*** … especially yellow fever, which is required at Uganda customs points
Items to prevent malaria .
Anti-malaria pills*** … refer to the section on malaria
Permethrin treated mosquito nets* … not needed on trips booked with us as all lodges provide these
Insect body spray repellent*** … preferably containing active ingredient DEET
Insect spray for room* … optional as most lodges provide, can usually buy locally if needed
Plug-in repellent burners for room* … can be useful for nights in town hotels
Coil type repellent burners for room* … sometimes provided by lodge
Medical equipment .
Penknife** … but only if you have hold luggage in which you can store it whilst flying
Pointed tweezers** … for removing caterpillar hairs, thorns, splinters, coral etc.
Plastic bags** … for waterproof packing
Anti-septic** … liquids such as iodine or potassium permanganate are preferable to cream in tropical areas
Sticking plasters** … breathable
Wound closure strips**
Blister kit* … if you are planning to do a lot of walking or wear unsuitable footwear
Joint supports* … only if you think you might need them
Painkillers** … aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen
Anti-fungal cream* … such as Canesten
Diarrhoea prevention** … such as Immodium (Loperamide), but use in emergency only, can be very dangerous
diarrhoea treatment** … such as Tinadazole for treatment of giardia and amoebic dysentery
Antibiotics** … such as Ciprofloxacin or Norfloxacin for severe diarrhoea, may be prescription only
Oral rehydration salts*
Water purification filter equipment* … iodine or chlorine, not needed when travelling with us
Eye drops* … preferably antibiotic
Cold cure sachets*
Prescription medicines* … anything you happen to be taking and need to bring along.
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