HEALTH SAFETY

STRAY ANIMALS

Do not touch stray cats, dogs, goats etc., rabbis and other diseases can be transmitted through bite.

WATER

It is advisable to drink plenty of water in a tropical country. The quality of drinking water will depend on the quality of purification system used, it is advisable to drink bottle water and avoiding ice is a wise decision.

CUISINE

Food in Goa is generally delicious, it is advisable to gradually increase consuming spicy food.

MOSQUITOS

Most of the resorts in Goa are fumigated regularly but to avoid painful kiss of mosquito it is advisable to apply repellent, try to Keep you windows and doors after the dawn. To Foreign nationals it is advisable to take anti-malarial tablets as recommended by their Doctors.

SUNBATHING

It is advisable to avoid sunbathing during midday as the sun is strong. Use high factor sun cream to prevent sun burn, reapply them frequently. Do not sleep in the sun and do not stay in the sun for long hours. Try to drink plenty of water. Nudism and topless bating is prohibited in Goa.

DOCTORS

Doctors on call facility is available in most of the resorts. Contract the reception of your resort and they will do the needful. It is advisable to carry basis medicines and first aid kit along when you travel. Pharmacies can usually advise on minor medical problems, and most doctors in Goa speak English.

CHILDREN

The main problem for children, especially small one, is their extra vulnerability. Even more than their parents, they need protecting from the sun, unsafe drinking water, heat and unfamiliar food. Diarrhea, perhaps just a nuisance, could be dangerous for child; dehydration salts are vital if you child goes down with it. Make sure that you your child is aware of the dangers of rabies; keep children away from animals, and consider a rabies jab.

MALARIA

Malaria, caused by a parasite transmitted in the saliva of female Anopheles mosquitoes, is currently the number one killer in the developing world. Compared with the rest of of India, its incidence in Goa is relatively small, but it is still advisable to take precautions. It is advisable to take preventive tablets according to a strict routine, covering the period before and after your trip.

DIARRHEA

Diarrhea is the most common bane of travelers. When mild and not accompanied by other major symptoms, it may just be your stomach reacting to unfamiliar food. Accompanied by cramps and vomiting, it could well be food poisoning. In either case, it will probably pass of its own accord in 24 to 48 hours without treatment. In the meantime, it is essential to replace the fluids and salts you are losing, so take lots of \water with oral dehydration salts, commonly referred as Electrolyte in Goa.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCIES

Goa has witnessed a disturbing spate of fatal, or near-fatal, accidents involving tourists over the past few years, most of them connected with motorcycles. It is therefore essential when raveling by rented transport or to know where to go if either you, or someone you are with, gets badly injured, as few hospitals in the state have the sophisticated equipment or specialist doctors need to specify diagnose serious injuries. Making strait for the right clinic instead of the wrong casualty department can save your life.

HIV AND AIDS

AIDS is still a relatively unknown quantity in India, and often regarded as a foreign problem, but indications are that HIV levels are already high among prostitutes, and the same presumable applies to intravenous drug users. It is extremely unwise to contemplate casual sex. Should you need an injection or transfusion in Goa, make sure that new, sterile equipment is used. Any blood you receive should be from voluntary donor. If you have a shave from a barber, make sure he uses a clean blade, and don't submit to processes such as ear-piercing, acupuncture or tattooing unless you can be sure that the equipment is sterile.