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Destinations to Watch Out for Potential Risks

You love to travel outside Singapore and there is nothing wrong with that. To see the world and all its glory is a privilege therefore you have to be thankful when you are given the chance. However, you cannot just plunge somewhere without knowing health risks. It is your right to know the health risks of the places you are to visit.

Worry no more because International SOS is there to help identify places you need to be careful. International SOS is a travel-security and medical assistance company. They compiled the World’s Health Risk Index. To come up with the result, there were many factors taken into account from hygiene, sanitation, frequency of accidents, threats of infectious disease and the availability/quality of health infrastructures.

Here are some places identified with health risks:

Madagascar: Madagascar is known for its wildlife and reserves but it can put you at risk because of problems that include inadequate number of hospitals especially if you are in remote areas and poor sanitation.

Haiti: Many travelers do not consider Haiti because of inadequate infrastructures. If you must go in this region, the safer one is Dominican Republic.

Cuba: Cuba has renowned doctors but these doctors are not available in rural areas. If you contract anything, it is better to choose international hospitals with quality infrastructure.

South Africa, Morocco and Thailand: These areas are considered medium risk. This means that there are good health care facilities in the country but in all areas. As for the emergency services, it is tolerable but when it comes to risk of waterborne illnesses, there are higher chances of contracting.

Brazil: Brazil belongs to indeterminate risk. This means that the development of infrastructure is uneven – there are cities with quality infrastructures there are others without.

Indonesia: Like Brazil, Indonesia belongs to indeterminate risk. For example, popular sites like Lombok and Bali have good medical services available to tourists but beyond these areas, the quality of medical services drop. Indonesia has medical air evacuation if it helps.

Of course nothing can keep you from going to these places. You are free to go actually but if you must go, you have to be cautious. Before going, go to your doctor and have some shots. This can protect you from contracting diseases whilst abroad. Do not just go there without knowing the place or what risks it poses. Make your homework first. If you are not satisfied, it is time to find another destination where you will feel safe and secured.

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