Medical emergencies in Botswana

Botswana has some remote and far-away places, and many of these places are likely to be where tourists are headed because they contain some of the best wildlife and most pristine natural areas in the country. There are a couple of highly rated emergency response teams that are equipped for both land and air rescue in Botswana, which should put tourists’ minds at ease when travelling through a wild and harsh country. If travellers are on a guided safari, they will have their local guide to rely on who will have first aid qualifications and a medical response protocol to follow in an emergency. Safari lodges and camps are equipped with satellite telephones, Wi-Fi, or an accessible mobile phone network in order to be able to contact necessary medical facilities in an emergency.

If travellers have opted for the self-drive route, it is advisable to have purchased a SIM card for one of Botswana’s mobile networks, or to use international roaming in order to make calls domestically. In an emergency, Medical Emergency International (MRI) is one of the country’s leading ground and aerial ambulance response services and is available all day every day and can be contacted on the following numbers: 992 (toll free from any local network), or +267 3901601 (international). Patients can request to be flown to Millpark Trauma Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in the instance that the patient, nor anyone else in the party, can not speak, the MRI responders will transfer the patient to the hospital appropriate for his/her medical condition. Millpark Trauma Hospital is the best and most-frequently used hospital in the region.


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