No matter where you go, an accident can occur. Traveling in a foreign country that speaks a foreign language may bring unique challenges. As such, before heading to Taichung, consider the different aspects of travel health such as necessary vaccinations, common illnesses, food and water safety, road safety etc. To fully enjoy your trip, learn some common guidelines on travel health in Taichung.
Malaria is not prevalent in Taichung but dengue fever is considered a major risk. Hence, it is imperative to apply a generous amount of insect repellant every day, particularly when visiting some rural areas or places with still water supply. Vaccinations against typhoid fever and hepatitis A are mandatory for all visitors while rabies vaccine must be considered when being exposed to animals.
Another important guideline on your health in Taichung is the food and water safety. While tap water is considered unsafe for drinking, tourists can buy bottled water that is ubiquitously available in the city. The extent of hygiene in various eateries may fall short of Western standards, so it depends on your own judgment on where you choose to eat. While market stalls offers some of the best authentic local Taiwanese foods, they can be unsanitary and are best refrained to prevent the possibility of gastric upset.
Taichung City has some of the most modern medical facilities in Taiwan but it is advised to bring out travel insurance with medical coverage before planning to go to Taiwan. In addition, most doctors speak ‘medical English’, as majority of learning materials and books used the English language. When visiting a doctor, use the medical term instead of the layman’s term. Or, better write it down as most doctors have strong English reading skills.
One reputable hospital in Taichung that commonly caters to the international community is the Jen-Ai Hospital inside International patient center. This hospital has served most of the local foreign community’s health needs with its number of international volunteers, hospital staff and healthcare team.
Taichung has a number of hospitals, clinics and other modern medical facilities staffed both local and foreign physicians, nurses and health staff. These medical facilities offer broad array of health services and specialties, similar to its Western counterparts. While many doctors are capable of conversing in English, it is better to enlist the help of a Chinese speaker when seeking medical care.
Some of the local hospitals in Taichung include Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Changhua Christian Hospital, Cheng Ching Hospital, Chungshan Medical & Dental Hospital, Kuang Tien General Hospital, Lin Shin Hospital, Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Taichung Hospital, Taichung Veterans General Hospital and Tungs’ Taichung Metroharbor Hospital.
Before getting to Taichung, always bring necessary stuff such as medications for common ailments like allergy, headache and diarrhea, and insect repellant and proper clothing. To ensure your safety and health in Taichung, bring a card with all your contact details. Information such as your name, age, home address, embassy contact number your phone number and so on must be written on it. This is very important during emergencies.