|Health in Azerbaijan||
Vaccination against hepatitis A and B, rabies, diphtheria, TB and tetanus is recommended before arrival.
All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk, due to high levels of bacteria. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. In restaurants, ask for bottled water, and make sure that any ice in the drinks has been made from bottled water. Many varieties of bottled water are available; you'll see brands from Turkey, Iran, even Dubai. The "Barjom" brand of bottled mineral water comes from Georgia. Azeris are proud of a local water called "Badamli". Some parts of Baku have their own water supply from natural mineral springs in Sholar, originating more than 150 kms north in the Caucasus mountains. This channel was built by oil baron Taghiyev at the beginning of the century. Bottled water of Sholar is available nowadays, too. A joint-stock company named Apsheron Regional Water Supply has been created and it's hoped that it will contribute to the improvement of the quality of Baku's water supply.
Milk is pasteurised and dairy products
are safe for consumption. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably
served hot. Salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should
be cooked and fruit peeled.
|Beaches: According to the Republic's
Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology, the conditions of the Caspian beaches
around Baku are not satisfactory, because of high bacterial content. A
'Baku Bay Cleansing Project' is underway. Beware of excessive sun
Malaria risk, exclusively in the benign vivax form, exists during the summer in southern lowland areas of Azerbaijan, near the Iranian border (map below). Sporadic cases have also been reported in the Baku suburbs. A weekly dose of 300 mg of chloroquine is the recommended prophylaxis for risk areas only. Mosquitos are abundant, so take repellent with you.
Map of malaria risk in Azerbaijan, compiled
by the World Health Organization:
Diphtheria occurs. Cases predominantly occur in urban areas, but increasing numbers have been reported in rural areas. Shortages of vaccine, antibiotics and diphtheria antitoxins are contributing to the problem. While proof of diphtheria immunity is not required for travel, travellers should be up-to-date for diphtheria immunization.
Hepatitis B is considered to be endemic in Azerbaijan, where between 4% and 7% of the population suffers from the disease. It causes inflammation of the liver and leads to chronic illness or death.
|Clinics in Baku|
|German Medical Centre
Rashid Behbutov Street 30
Tel: +994 12 937 354 / 934 089
Fax: +994 12 939 644
41/47 Mardanov Gardashlary Street
Tel/Fax: +994 12 941 823 / 973 784
|Western Medical Services
66 Alibey Guseynzade Street
Tel: +994 12 973 744
Fax: +994 12 973 744
45 U. Hajibeyov Street
Tel: +994 12 970 911/12
Fax: +994 12 987 096
|Pharmacies in Baku|
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|Elay Ankara (Turkish
14 Zeinalabdyn Taghiyev st.
Dentist = dis hekimi
|Centre of Orthopedics
3 Shirvan st.
Centre for Neuro-Surgery
12 Orujaliyev st.
Children's Clinical Hospital
Centre for Oncology
Hospital = Xëstëxana
|Baku Veterinary Service
80 Vidadi st.
Tel. 944539 / 948835
151 B. Safarogy
In many of Baku's night spots it won't be difficult to understand who is dealing... furthermore the young foreigner is sometimes approached by sellers in the most unexpected locations.
Be discrete, very discrete. Although drugs are readily available, Baku is not Amsterdam and drugs are illegal even in small amounts for personal use. As a foreigner, if you are caught with drugs, expect severe police harassment and the need to pay very stiff bribes at a minimum! The quality is reputed to be good and adultered drugs are rare. Synthetic drugs shipped form Russia are also claiming their market niche.
As in Russia, drug using is a growing social problem in Azerbaijan with similar consequences in the level of criminality.
1American control of Afghanistan meant that opium cultivation - used in heroin and other drugs - "is now as widespread as in the 1990s" (words of the UN International Narcotics Control Board...). Cheers for Bush Jr. and free trade...!
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