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Medical Emergencies

Medical facilities in Gaborone are adequate, but available facilities in other areas are limited. Well equipped emergency rooms and trained physicians are available in the capital of Gaborone, but services are rudimentary elsewhere. Medical evacuation to South Africa, which is expensive, is often the only option for serious accidents. Professional private emergency rescue services operate air and ground ambulances throughout the country, but care is rendered only after a patient's ability to pay is established.

Malaria is prevalent only in the north of the country, particularly around Chobe and Okavango National Parks.

Approximately one-quarter of the population of Botswana is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Visitors are advised to exercise appropriate precautions if engaging in sexual activity, or if they are exposed to a blood source other than that supplied by a hospital for transfusion purposes. Tuberculosis is also endemic to Botswana. Individuals who plan to reside or stay in Botswana for extended periods are advised to obtain a tuberculosis skin test prior to arrival and again upon departure from Botswana.

Gaborone has a number of large pharmacies that carry many prescription drugs and usually do not require a prescription.

Contact information for local hospitals

  • Bokamoso Private Hospital, Gaborone : (+267) 369 4000
  • Gaborone Private Hospital, Gaborone : (+267) 390 1999
  • Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone : (+267) 395 3221
  • Maun Hospital, Maun : (+267) 686 0444
  • Nyangabwe Hospital, Francistown : (+267) 241 1000

Air Ambulance Services

  • Medical Rescue International (MRI) : 992 or (+267) 390 1601
  • Rescue One : (+267) 392 3249
  • Netcare : 991 or (+267) 390 4537