Syria Travel Health Advice
Prior to the war, malaria was not a health risk in the urban areas of Syria. But, travellers to El Hassaka in northern Syria were encouraged to take chloroquine between May and October. A yellow fever certificate was required by travellers arriving from certain countries in Africa or the Americas. Medical treatment was inexpensive, though standards varied. Doctors were generally well qualified, and most medical personnel spoke English or French.
As things stand, the quality of health care in the country has deteriorated significantly. The conflict has seen many hospitals stop operating, as well as shortages of the most basic medicines and medical supplies. Also, the destruction of infrastructure has meant there are frequent outbreaks of infectious diseases across the country.
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