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Healthcare and Medical Treatment

Egypt - Healthcare and Medical Treatment

Throughout Cairo, European and American trained physicians and dentists who follow Western safety protocols are available. However, unless it is a medical emergency, because there aren't enough nurses and hygiene is substandard, choose to have surgery outside Egypt rather than in an Egyptian hospital.

There are pharmacies everywhere and one can purchase most drugs without a prescription. Because strength and availability changes, if you take medications regularly, bring a supply with you. Arthritic rubs are not available and hormone replacement therapy has suddenly become scarce.

It is wise not to drink or cook with tap water. Use bottled water. It is also advisable to soak all fruits, vegetables and raw eggs in a bath of white vinegar and water before eating them. There has been a rash of pesticide poisoning. Many Westerners are purchasing special washes available at most pharmacies that are supposed to deactivate the poisons.

Don't eat food and juices sold by street vendors. Hotel and restaurant food is generally safe.

Added 21/01/06 by Zaf: I come from a family of doctors and surgeons myself. It is safe to have surgery in Egypt. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate hospital for your condition. I am currently living overseas, but if God forbid I need to go to hospital or to have surgery I will have it at home in Egypt.

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