Fiji Medical Travel Information

Medical Facilities and Health Information Health-care facilities in Fiji's urban areas are adequate for routine medical problems. In the rural areas, staff training is limited and there are often shortages of supplies and medications. Travelers should carry adequate supplies of any needed prescription medicines, along with copies of their prescriptions, the generic name of the drugs, and a supply of preferred over-the-counter medications. Emergency response is extremely limited. Ambulance availability is minimal, and ambulances are often poorly equipped and staffed. Two major hospitals, the Lautoka Hospital in the western city of Lautoka and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, provide limited emergency and outpatient services. A recompression chamber at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva can treat decompression sickness (See also Special Circumstances, Water Sports). A private hospital in Suva provides Western-style medical care, and other hospitals and clinics provide a limited range of health services. Medical emergencies may be evacuated to Australia, New Zealand, or the United States. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States or elsewhere can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medevac to Australia or NZ will only be considered if patient has adequate insurance or upfront payment which can be expected to run into tens of thousands of dollars. In some cases, medevac to Australia or NZ can require a medical visa.

Dengue fever, carried by infected mosquitoes, occurs throughout the country of Fiji, especially during the rainy season.
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 92.2%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 3.7%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 100%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.1%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 2.1
People Living with HIV/AIDS 750
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .43
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 12.8%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 92.1%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 81.7%

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