Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
Yellow fever and cholera vaccinations. Speak to your doctor about medicine to prevent malaria.
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Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
You would not be refused medical care, but in Aga Khan and government hospitals admittance is relatively cheap. Most expatriates go to IST Clinic (International School of Tanganyika Clinic), run by professional doctors who charge in U.S. dollars for all services. To join and get an account, one needs to pay a refundable deposit of US$150 per person or family.
There are several very good dental surgeons in Dar es Salaam.
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What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
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What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
IST Clinic is the best available.
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Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
Yes, if they are wary of the local facilities. However, the standards here are generally good. The local institutions will refer patients to Kenya, South Africa if the situation warrants it.
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What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
Ambulance 112
Fire 112
Police 112

However, these numbers are rarely answered so it is best to get the emergency numbers of the medical institution you belong to. The three or four security firms offer a wonderful ambulance and medical assistance service.
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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?
As above.
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How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
DUKA LA DAWA (Shop for medicine)
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Is the water safe to drink?
NOT from the taps. Bottled water is highly recommended..
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