Health and Safety
Botswana Heath system consists of different kinds of health facilities. These are referral Hospitals District Hospitals, primary hospitals, Clinics, health posts, and mobile clinics.
Compared to the rest of Africa, Botswana is not a risky place to visit from a health perspective. In spite of this, there are certain precautions visitors should take even though there are no legal requirements for taking these precautions. Botswana requires no inoculations except for visitors from yellow fever zones.
Botswana's public health system consists of different kinds of health facilities: 23 district health teams, 3 referral hospitals, 12 district hospitals, 17 primary hospitals, 222 clinics, 330 health posts and 740 mobile stops.
Both district and primary hospitals refer patients to the three referral hospitals - Princess Marina in Gaborone, Nyangabgwe Hospital in Francistown and Lobatse Mental Hospital. A wide range of clinical specialities and more advanced diagnostic facilities are available, which include Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner at Nyangabgwe Hospital and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) room and CT scanner at Princess Marina Hospital. There is also a private hospital in Gaborone, as well as many private medical practitioners. Private medical rescue services are also available.
Botswana remains a relatively safe place to visit, however there are a few incidents of crime. It is advisable to take basic precautions: always lock car doors; always lock your hotel room or house; do not leave valuables in your hotel room or car; and take care with your bags in crowded places, particularly the malls and nightclubs.