Friday, September 10, 2021

Stay Safe & Healthy in Suriname

South AmericaSurinameStay Safe & Healthy in Suriname

Stay Safe in Suriname

If you are worried about your safety, avoid going out at night alone. When feasible, ride your bike. Avoid the Palm Garden at night in Paramaribo since it is a well-known crime hotspot where considerable drug trafficking occurs. Because the police force is limited in size, it can only protect you to a certain degree. As a result, remain where you know police protection is available. Please exercise common judgment while going outside of downtown, which may be problematic in and of itself. Do not go into the bush (binnenland) by yourself.

Stay Healthy in Suriname

There are no specific vaccinations required to enter Suriname, but some are suggested (see below). If you are planning a jungle vacation, which is highly encouraged, it is likely that you may need to take malaria prophylaxis, depending on the region you will be visiting (although since 2005 there have not been any cases of malaria reported in Suriname).

Check with BOG, your local pharmacy, or a health center to determine which prophylactics you should take. Dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and for which there is no vaccine or treatment, has become a greater concern in recent years. Travellers’ diarrhoea may be an issue as well.

Vaccination against yellow fever is advised. (This is required in order to enter Brazil!) Vaccination against tetanus and diphtheria is advised. Vaccination against hepatitis A is advised.

Adult HIV/AIDS prevalence is at 2%, or one in every 50 adults, which is three times higher than in the United States and nine times higher than in the Netherlands. Make sure you’re having safe sex.

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