Sri Lanka Medical Travel Information

Medical Facilities and Health Information There are six large hospitals in the Colombo area, including three facilities with emergency trauma service: Asiri Surgical Hospital, Lanka Hospital, and the government-run National Hospital. Medical facilities outside Colombo are limited. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of private physicians that may be obtained upon request. The availability of medical supplies is uneven; as a result, travelers should carry any special medications with them. Serious medical conditions do require evacuation to the United States or to a nearby country with more advanced medical facilities, such as Thailand or Singapore. Neither Thailand nor Singapore requires U.S. citizens to have entry visas.

Several mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue fever, chikungunya, and Japanese encephalitis are present in Sri Lanka. Adequate mosquito protection is strongly advised.
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 92.9%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 6.2%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 99.1%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.07%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 3.1
People Living with HIV/AIDS 2,800
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .49
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 7.7%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 82.9%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 93.9%
Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk high
Animal Contact Disease (s) rabies
Food or Waterborne Disease (s) bacterial diarrhea and hepatitis A
Vectorborne Disease (s) dengue fever
Water contact disease (s) leptospirosis

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