Nigeria Travel Health Advice
When travelling to Nigeria, an international vaccination
certificate against yellow fever is required. A Cholera vaccination
certificate is also required if coming from an infected area. As a
precaution against cholera, visitors should drink only boiled or
bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Anti-malaria prophylaxis and
TB inoculation are recommended, and at present there is a high risk
of polio infection in northern Nigeria. Visitors should seek the
latest medical advice on inoculations at least three weeks prior to
In major cities, private hospitals offer good facilities, and private clinics are found even in the smallest towns. As in many countries, costs for medical services or hospital care must be shouldered by the traveller. There are government hospitals throughout the country, but apart from emergencies, the hospitals are more geared to serving the local population. Individuals needing specialised treatment for acute illness or severe injury are usually evacuated to Europe or South Africa. Good, comprehensive insurance is strongly advised, and should include evacuation. Pharmacies abound in Nigeria, even in supermarkets, and are open during normal trading hours.
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