Health Advice and Travel Medication for Business Trips to Pakistan

23 September 2013

Although contracting a serious infectious disease while on your business trip to Pakistan is highly unlikely, becoming ill in some way is fairly common amongst travellers to this part of the world. Fortunately, most of these illnesses are either easily treatable or entirely preventable with a bit of forward planning, the right travel medication and a healthy dose of common-sense.

Taking travel medication

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, pack your medication in clearly labelled containers. A signed and dated letter from your doctor describing your medical condition and medication is also useful – particularly if carrying syringes or needles. It’s also advisable to take double the medication you’re likely to need for your trip in case of loss or theft. In Pakistan you can buy medication without a prescription, but it’s not recommended due to reports of fake, poorly stored, or out-of-date drugs. It goes without saying that you should take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy for your business trip to Pakistan – and a well-stocked first aid kit is also a must.

Traveller’s diarrhoea

It may not be pleasant to talk about but traveller’s diarrhoea is one of the most common illnesses when visiting this region, so it’s a good idea to take an anti-diarrhoea medication with you. A decent brand like Dioralyte will quickly control the unpleasant symptoms of diarrhoea, although it won’t prevent you from getting it in the first place. The main way to prevent traveller’s diarrhoea in is by taking sensible precautions when it comes to food and water consumption.

Malaria precautions

Malaria is carried by mosquitos so avoid being bitten in the first place by covering up with long-sleeve shirts and by using a good insect repellent containing DEET on any exposed skin. In addition, anti-malaria medication is recommended for travel to virtually all parts of Pakistan. Your anti-malaria medication should be taken before travel as guided by the information leaflet that will come with the tablets. It’s also extremely important to continue to take the medication for four weeks after your leave Pakistan. If you’re confused about the available options click here for a full online anti-malaria tablets consultation with a registered UK doctor.

Other preventable diseases

It’s always a good idea to speak to your GP or a dedicated travel clinic about vaccinations up to two months before your business trip to Pakistan. Generally though, recommended vaccinations for Pakistan include: Hepatitis A, typhoid, polio, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, cholera and yellow fever. Although this might seem like rather a long list, some of these are available for free on the NHS. Plus you may have already been immunised against some of them in the past – which is why it’s always best to check with your GP before having any vaccinations.

So while it’s unlikely you’ll contract any sort of serious illness while visiting Pakistan, it’s important to consider the right travel medication for your trip. If you prepare well and take certain precautions while you’re away though, your business trip to Pakistan should prove to be both a healthy and productive one.

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