Staying Healthy While Traveling in Iran
Visiting new places and trying local foods are two of most important travel motivations.
Tourists loves trying new foods and exploring new places, but stay healthy while vacationing is a big concern. Just because you are on a vacation does not mean it is time to vacation from healthy eating. Here are some of important tips to stay healthy while travelling Iran.
Healthcare in Iran
Iran has been very successful in training and educating the necessary human resources for its health system.
The system of almost 30 years ago where the country was facing a shortage of all kinds of skilled personnel in the health and medical sector has been completely changed into one in which the necessary professionals now completely suffice the country’s needs.
There are now 488 government funded hospitals in Iran. In 2012, 30,000 people visited Iran each year to receive medical treatment. Most health tourists were from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, India and Pakistan.
What to do if you get sick in Iran
If you are staying in a big hotel, medical assistance should be readily available around the clock. If not, some private health centers operate 24/7 not only for emergencies but for everything else, even a sore throat or allergy.
Tehran and other big cities have many doctors in all specialties. A lot of these have been educated abroad and are also university professors and members of a university’s academic board.
Because many doctors work in hospitals in the mornings, they usually see patients three afternoons a week on either even days—ruz-hâ-ye zowj (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday)—or odd ones—ruz-hâ-ye fard (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)— although some see patients every day.
Some use an appointment system, and you can make one by calling their secretary during office hours. Very popular doctors may not have appointments available for a few months, although a “friend of a friend” may be able to help you get one sooner.
But even if you aren’t able to see the doctor you want as soon as you’d like, you can always get an appointment on the same day with a specialist who isn’t as busy. (Waiting rooms often look crowded because some patients are escorted by relatives.)
Doctors’ offices can be identified by white rectangular signs on the outside of buildings, and these often have offices for several doctors as well as related services like X-rays and microbiology laboratories.
Most doctors speak at least some English and are, of course, familiar with the Latin names of conditions and illnesses, so you shouldn’t have any major problems in making yourself understood.
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