While travelling, we often overlook certain things and ‘to-dos’. One of them is seeking proper medical advice from professionals. Not only people with medical conditions but anyone who is travelling should get a health check-up. In keeping with this, AIIMS Bhubaneswar has introduced the first-of-its-kind travel health clinic!
Travel Health Clinic In Bhubaneswar
AIIMS Bhubaneswar launched a travel health clinic on Monday, the first of its type in Odisha and one of the handful in the nation, according to an official. He claims that the new clinic would provide health advice on travel to people who are planning trips overseas in the near future.
It will operate twice a week, offering impending travellers all the necessary vaccinations—including some that are country-specific, like the yellow fever vaccine—as well as guidance on safe travel practices. Along with providing advice on what to do and what not to do when travelling, it will also help these tourists put together a personalised medical kit for use in an emergency.
Ashutosh Biswas, executive director of AIIMS Bhubaneswar, opened the clinic with medical superintendent Dilip Kumar Parida. He advised state residents who were travelling abroad to seek travel-related medical advice prior to leaving the country in order to prevent catching and spreading diseases across international borders. The Bhubaneswar airport’s public health officer, Biswaranjan Dash, says this clinic will help stop the spread of infectious alien germs to tourists who aren’t aware of them.
According to state immunisation officer Tapas Patra, the clinic, which was established by the hospital’s community and family medicine department, would provide many people with appropriate travel guidance.
Importance Of Health Advice For Travellers
According to WHO, everyone who is organising a trip should consult an expert about the possible risks in the places they have selected. As well as how to best safeguard their health and reduce the chance of contracting an illness. Planning ahead, being ready, and taking extra care helps safeguard their health and reduce the likelihood of mishaps and illness.
It is still the responsibility of the traveller to obtain information, comprehend the risks, and take the appropriate actions to protect their health while travelling, even though the medical community and the travel industry may offer a great deal of assistance and helpful advice.
Except for people who already have a medical condition, there aren’t many major health hazards when visiting places with excellent lodging, sanitation, hygiene, and water quality standards. The same holds true for tourists and business travellers who stay in high-quality lodging while visiting the majority of big cities and tourist attractions.
On the other hand, places with subpar lodging, low hygienic conditions and sanitation, a lack of medical facilities, and a lack of clean water could seriously endanger the health of visitors.
It is highly recommended that travellers always have full travel insurance and disclose any underlying medical issues to their travel insurance provider.
Travellers should be advised that receiving medical care overseas can be expensive and is frequently limited to private medical facilities.
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