Despite its situation in an area of the world most people tend to associate with danger and armed conflict, the capital of Jordan is actually one of the safest places to be if you are in the region. Health in Amman is not imperiled. There are countless hospitals in the city, from the Al-Khalidi Medical Centre to the Jordan Hospital & Medical Centre, and nearly all of them are equipped with the very latest in medical technology and healthcare techniques. One has to remember, after all, that this is one of the biggest hubs of medical tourism in the present day.
Indeed, Amman is one of the top five locations for medical tourism at the moment (with places being ranked by visitor count). Its revenues in past years for medical tourism have already shot past the 1 billion USD mark. As such, you can safely expect Amman’s healthcare professionals to be very good at what they do: should anything out of the ordinary indeed happen, travellers need not worry that they are going to be in dire straits without any assistance whatsoever. The country’s healthcare facilities are more than up to the task.
As far as communicable diseases go, Amman is pretty safe as well. The only possible risks-and they are low risks, especially if you take good care of yourself-might be some strains of hepatitis and tetanus. As vaccines are easily available for these, you can easily protect yourself in advance. It can be of help to check travel advisories at your local embassy or your travel agency just in case, naturally, so you can know which diseases might be going around in the city at the time of your visit. This is also advised in case any significant political developments arise that might lead to events threatening tourists’ health in the Jordanian capital.
Other than that, the usual reminders apply, quite naturally: you have to be prepared for what you are facing in the city. For instance, it is only common sense to avoid tap water for drinking as much as possible. While incidents of ailments or stomach upsets coming from drinking tap water in Amman are low, you may want to avoid the possibility, especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Be careful to bring bottled water with you whenever going around the city in summer too, as the city tends to be rather dry and near-arid at this time. You are likely going to be parched if you do not bring a beverage along.
To that end, ensuring your health in Amman is largely a matter too of considering the weather at the time of your visit. Amman’s summers may be dry and fairly hot (they can reach 30 degrees Celsius in some places), but its nights tend to be cold and its fall and winter seasons even colder: it actually snows here around December to March. Spring is similarly threatening to the health if you are not prepared, as it sees frequent downpours. Hence, bring whatever gear or clothing you might require during your stay and do your homework to take care of your health in Amman.