Medical services are fairly good in Nairobi and other major centers. If you require your own personal specialized medication, you should bring it with you on your trip. Medical treatment and hospital fees must be paid direct. Special travel insurance is recommended. Most hotels have a list of doctors, whose names may also be found in the medical section of telephone directories. Some of the hospitals and clinics are Aga Khan Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Mater Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, MP Shah Hospital, Getrudes Children’s Hospital and Nairobi Women’s Hospital.
As Kenya enjoys a healthy, invigorating climate, visitors need feel no concern for their general health during their stay. However, malaria is endemic in certain areas and anti-malaria medication should be taken according to your doctor’s or pharmacist’s instructions.
In general, avoid drinking tap water. Mineral water is available in bottles for purchase throughout. On safari, rooms are provided with flasks of filtered and purified water. The ice served in the hotels is prepared with filtered, treated water, and is safe.
In case of any medical emergency, your hotel will have a doctor on call, or will have the medicine you may require. Visitors requiring special medication should pack sufficient supplies in their hand luggage. Chemist shops are well stocked, but the same generic medication may not be readily available.