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Medical Facilities, Doctors and Hospital

A good medical care availability is an important reason to choose a destination for your vacation. Aruba has a good medical facilities and when the island do not cover the emergency, a patient can be transported (by air) to nearby facilities (Curacao for example).

Facilities for the Physically Disabled

Limited facilities for the physically disabled are available. Specific hotels have rooms that can be adjusted completely, while other hotels have ground floor rooms and doors wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Most properties have wheelchairs and canes available.

Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital

The hospital is modern and well equipped. Hemodialysis and oxygen tanks are available.

Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospitaal Boulevard # 1
Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: +(297) 587 4300
Fax: +(297) 587 3348
Email: info@arubahospital.com

Labco Medical and Homecare Service NV

Rental of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, bedpans and other medical equipment. This service is available 24 hours a day, and delivery is free.

Av. Milo Croes 52
P.O.Box: 1147
Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: +(297) 582 6651 or +(297) 583 1756
Fax: +(297) 582 6567

Posada Clinic Aruba - Center for Hemodialysis

The Posada Clinic Aruba offers hemodialysis service to the public. The center offers eight units fully equipped with modern Fresenius 2008-H machines and a TV and VCR, and telephone at each station.

Reservations are required three months in advanced. Only HIV negative and Hepatitis B negative patients can be treated.

Tel: +(297) 582 0840
Fax: +(297) 583 5664
E-mail: posadaaruba@setarnet.aw

Centro Medico, San Nicolas

Dr. Rudy Engelbrecht
Bernardstraat 75, San Nicolas
Consulting hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Emergency assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Phone (297) 5848833.

Doctors and dentists

All hotels have medical doctors on call. There are also excellent dental facilities. Appointments can be made through your hotel.

Healthy Vacation Tips

Sunbathing Tips

  1. Avoid exposure during the midday hours and don't stay in it for too long if it is very fierce.
  2. Choose a sun cream with added vitamins and minerals, apply it 30-60 minutes before exposure and re-apply often. Added nutrients which have been found to be of particular benefit are vitamins C and E along with the minerals selenium and zinc.
  3. Take supplements such as vitamins C,D,E and Beta-carotene and the minerals selenium, calcium and zinc. These will give your sunscreen a boost and help to prevent skin damage.
  4. Read also WikiPedia article about sunscreen and sunblocks

If after all your efforts at safe sunbathing you still end up sun burnt here are a few natural remedies that may help:

  1. Aloe Vera, this has a lovely cooling effect on the skin and is good to apply every time you come out of the sun. And Aruba has a lot of Aloe Vera!
  2. Lavender Oil, mix a few drops of lavender oil with almond, wheatgerm or sunflower oil, it is good for the relieve of sunburn along with other minor burns and scolds.
  3. Calandula is another herbal remedy that helps to reduce inflammation and is very soothing to sunburned skin.

Prevent Insect Bites

Many diseases, like dengue, are spread through insect bites. One of the best protections is to prevent insect bites by:

  • Using insect repellent (bug spray) with 30%-50% DEET. Picaridin, available in 7% and 15% concentrations, needs more frequent application.
  • Traveling inlands: wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat inlands.