CT Clinic in Sihanoukville, probably the only place in the city for foreign tourists in urgent cases
Good luck and be healthy!
I am sitting and staring at the pills: two packs, aspirin and paracetamol. On both labels entirely in Thai - it is necessary to identify paracetamol to relief the pain ...let's find the 10 differences... purchased at the same time - now I do not remember what is actually is. A typical picture. Pharmacies in Cambodia sell a huge number of drugs without Latin names on the labels. The majority of small local pharmacies offer to those who suffer only the condoms and colorful cachet with the pills without boxes and instruction purposes with the names unknown to me. And it is not only I am who know nothing about this kind of pills.
Local iodine is absolutely useless simply because it is water-based, and his possible replacement, 90% alcohol, selling in plastic bottles spilled out of mineral water. To handle the scratches in the tropics is also suitable hydrogen peroxide is sold with the label "NUOC OXY - GIA". But all of this - only in the advanced pharmacy where at your service is, as a rule, even English-speaking staff. A good choice of antibiotics and antiseptics, vitamins, anthelmintic pills can be found only in pharmacies oriented foreigners – Khmer people simply never use it. Immunostimulants is unavailable as a group of medicine, like almost all drugs that require the cool storage. From this number of medicines is always available insulin only. And here is not even a culture (or addiction) of using immunostimulants. The people just do not know what it for is. Pharmacist in a really good pharmacy asked me whether applying injection site, which I was looking for, to prevent HIV transmission from pregnant mother to a fetus. Ugh! Sure, and for that, probably too, but I need them for another reason. I think, to tell the truth about what I need maintenance therapy to lift the immunity of couple of my puppies after very long flight from Moscow, to help them to acclimatize and as an accompaniment to the vaccination, I would probably will sent to the local loony bin (I'm not sure of the existence of it here). Khmer people would never do this. In order to find the necessary medication, I would recommend writing and showing to the pharmacy staff not only its name but also the active ingredient of it. Often, even in the absence of the required, competent pharmacist will be able to offer you an analog. And yet - what caused my genuine surprise - women hygiene items are not sold in pharmacies, but only in supermarkets for some reason. Make a choice and enjoy it. So I selected the tablet and tasted it - not an aspirin, great. Painkillers helped.
A couple words about medicine - in preparation for the coming to Cambodia, there were a lot of time spent in Moscow with the dentist. I was really scared to go without it in the Asia for live here. But in vain! Almost the first day on arrival I was surprised to observe a huge number of metal crowns on the teeth of the local people. Dentistry and prosthetics exist and thrive there. Treatment of a tooth is costs here from $10 to $20, prosthesis of a tooth is about $100.
Practicing doctors are often opens their small clinic near from the pharmacies. I`d like to aware the Europeans of visits to most local physicians without an absolute necessity - at an average visit costs about $ 10 for that amount you can lubricate useless iodine scratch and do a couple of shots of unknown function, no more. In fairness, it should be noted that iodine is not available in every doctor you will find. In the city there are some ultrasound devices, X-rays and doctors who are able to use them - all of this is in a fairly good level clinics. Visit also costs about $10 and to stay in a hospital - about $40 per day.
3 September 2011