Learn more about the variety of medical services offered on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
Benh Vien Da Khoa – Duong Dong Phu Quoc Hospital
Phu Quoc’s main hospital is located in Duong Dong Town along 30 Thang 4 (Tel: 077 384 6074). There is also a hospital in An Thoi Town. However if you become seriously ill in Phu Quoc, get to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi as quickly as you can. If you need any type of surgery or other extensive treatment, don’t hesitate to fly to Singapore,Bangkok, Hong Kong or another renowned medical center as soon as possible. Self-treatment may be appropriate if your health problem is minor, you are carrying the appropriate medication and you cannot attend a recommended clinic. If you think you may have a serious health issue, especially malaria, dengue, or have been bitten by a wild animal you need to travel to the nearest quality facility to receive attention. During the peak season there is a German doctor working at the Phu Quoc hospital however his schedule is note fixed. Flights back to Ho Chi Minh City are quick enough to seek quality medical care there at a facility like the FV Hospital or the International clinic at the Diamond Plaza.
Vinmec International Hospital Phu Quoc
Vinmec Phu Quoc International Standard Hospital, located in Bai Dai Beach in Ganh Dau Village, is a 19,000 square meter, 6 floor, and 150 bed WHO standard facility. It was constructed by JSC International Hospital Vinmec, which is a member company of Vingroup the same company behind the development of Vinpearl Phu Quoc.
Travelers to Phu Quoc and in Vietnam in general should be up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and influenza. Travelers should also protect themselves by getting vaccinated against typhoid and hepatitis A. Hepatitis B protection is also advised, especially for long-term travelers and expatriates, given the high prevalence of chronic HBV infection in the local population.
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine: Japanese Encephalitis is endemic throughout Vietnam and a vaccination is recommended for all travelers who spend more than one month or more in the country during the transmission season between May to October.
Rabies Vaccine: Travelers should consider receiving immunizations against rabies if they will be spending a lot of time in rural and forest area. Most dogs on the island are not routinely vaccinated. Care should also be taken to avoid contact with nonhuman primates (e.g. macaques) that are not afraid of humans and may be infected with herpes B virus as well as rabies and these animals are prevalent on Phu Quoc. Human rabies immune globulin is available in larger cities, such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Malaria: Malaria is primarily a concern in rural areas and is mostly caused by Plasmodium falciparum. There are rare cases in Phu Quoc. Travelers to Phu Quoc should avoid exposure to mosquitoes but do not necessarily need to take antimalarial drugs.
Dengue: Dengue is prevalent during the rainy season. Travelers to Vietnam should take measures to protect themselves from daytime mosquito bites to prevent dengue.
Food-borne Illnesses: Drinking tap water should be avoided, as should beverages with ice. Travelers to Phu Quoc should also avoid eating raw or undercooked meat, seafood, uncooked vegetables, and raw fruits that cannot be peeled by the traveler.
Avian Influenza: Vietnam continues to report sporadic cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) or “bird flu,” as it is commonly known. To avoid infection, travelers to an area affected by avian influenza should avoid direct contact with birds, including poultry (such as chickens and ducks) and wild birds; avoid touching surfaces that have bird droppings (feces) or other bird fluids on them; and avoid places where live birds are raised or kept.
Skin Diseases: Skin rashes may result from the combination of heat and humidity or fungal infections. Efforts should be made to keep clothes, shoes and linens clean and dry.
Pharmacies in Phu Quoc
There are a number of pharmacies in Phu Quoc. They are located in all the major towns and villages. Most of these pharmacies carry limited types of medication so it is best to come to the island well prepared.
There are 2 major dental clinics in Duong Dong Town with English speaking staff. Both of these clinics specialize in cosmetic dentistry. If you have a serious dental issue we advise you to go to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi for diagnosis and treatment.
Phu Quoc Traditional Medicine
Vietnam is a tropical Southeast Asian country possessing a broad range of natural resources and a long history of a traditional medicine system. Phu Quoc Island and the locals living here possess abundant indigenous knowledge and experiences regarding the use of plants as herbal medicine. A lot of the plants found in Phu Quoc National Park have medicinal properties and can be seen being sold at various markets throughout the island.
The following are some of the natural plant based medicine that you will find in Phu Quoc:
How to use traditional medicine:
Most of the natural medicine that is found on the island is prepared by either boiling it in water and then drinking the tea OR placing the raw material in rice wine and allowing the alcohol to leach out the beneficial material from the plant.
Common uses of traditional medicine in Phu Quoc:
Traditional medicine is used to treat the following symptoms: