Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
The following vaccinations are recommended prior to entering the country:
- All children should be up-to-date on routine childhood immunizations.
- Hepatitis A - for all travelers over the age of two.
- Typhoid - for all travelers.
- Polio - for all travelers.
- Japanese encephalitis - for long-term (one month) travelers to rural areas or travelers who may engage in extensive unprotected outdoor activities in rural areas, especially in the evening, or during shorter trips.
- Hepatitis B - for travelers who will have intimate contact with local residents or potentially need blood transfusions or injections while abroad, especially if visiting for more than six months.
- Rabies - for those at high-risk of animal bites, such as veterinarians and animal handlers and for long-term travelers who may have contact with animals and may not have access to medical care.
- Tetanus-diphtheria - for all travelers who have not received an immunization within the last ten years.
- Measles - for any travelers born after 1956 without either a history of two documented measles immunization or a blood test showing immunity.
- Varicella (chicken pox) - for any international traveler over one year of age without either a history of documented chicken pox or a blood test showing immunity.
- Yellow fever - for all travelers arriving from a yellow fever infected country in Africa or the Americas.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
The doctors and medical specialists in Ahmedabad are world class and most of them have studied and practiced abroad. However, in some rural areas, medical facilities do not meet Western standards and the medical care can be very limited. Often, Indian doctors have been trained in the West and do speak good English.
Cash payment on the spot is the norm for medical care. Having an insurance policy that covers treatment outside of your home country and with medical evacuation coverage will be extremely valuable and you will be welcomed at any hospital.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
"Doctor" is a universally understood word in India.
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
You should be able to find all medical and health facilities in the front of your local telephone book. Also, a recommendation from a work colleague, neighbor, friend or other expat is a good way to find a good physician.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No, most expats stay within the country for their medical care because healthcare, both public and private, are of an extremely high standard in Ahmedabad. However, some expats choose to go overseas for treatment (particularly those who are expecting a baby) and then there are some who choose to wait for a trip back to their home land to visit their regular doctor. Medical practitioners in Ahmedabad are truly excellent, so leaving the country is not really necessary.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
Depending on the emergency, dial 102 for an Ambulance, 101 for the Fire Department and 100 for the Police.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
If an emergency occurs in the middle of the night, either call one of the numbers above and wait for an ambulance or have a family member or friend drive you to the closest major hospital in your area. Major hospitals have 24-hour emergency clinics, so identifying the closest 24-hour emergency clinic from where you live is an important task once you have had a chance to settle-in.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
The pharmacy is usually called a chemist, and it can be recognized by the red/green plus sign. All hospitals and clinics will have pharmacies adjoined or have a few shops nearby. There are a few day and night chemist shops; others are open only during the daytime. Some medications are available under different names and many prescription drugs are offered over the counter.
Is the water safe to drink?
No, it is not safe to drink tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected. Also, do not drink un-bottled beverages or drinks with ice. Do not eat fruits or vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked. It is recommended that you drink only bottled water.
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