We live in a world where globalisation has brought us closer than ever, travel therefore is an inescapable part of life. The number of people travelling to different countries have been increasing over the years and so has the spread of diseases. Globalisation facilitates the spread of disease and increases the number of travellers who are exposed to and vulnerable to a new environment.
As the number of people travelling abroad has increased in India, the demand to get vaccinated to prevent oneself from various diseases has increasing too.
Ruby Hall Clinic has become the first hospital in Pune to offer what is termed as ‘travel medicine’. Travel medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and management of health problems associated with international travellers.
The field of travel medicine encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including epidemiology, infectious disease, public health, tropical medicine, high altitude physiology, travel related obstetrics, psychiatry, occupational medicine, military and migration medicine, and environmental health.
The hospital will provide special assistance to patients by informing them about the health risks that they will carry when they are travelling abroad. Travellers will also get advice on safe sexual practices and pre and post exposure prophylaxis against HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s). Travellers will be advised on treatment for prophylaxis too. They will also get advice relating with self-treatment for common ailments like diarrhoea and respiratory infection.
If a tourist is going to Africa, the hospital will vaccinate the person for tick bite fever, yellow fever and Ebola, as they are prevalent in the country. Similarly, haj pilgrims will be vaccinated for meningitis. Travel among people has risen and so has the demand to be vaccinated. This is necessary for travellers as it protect one’s health before going to abroad.
Dr Sanjay Pathare, director of Ruby Hall Clinic said, “More and more people nowadays are travelling abroad. We want to get them vaccinated before they visit any country. As there were inquiries to avail such treatment, we decided to start this exclusive travel medicine centre to cater to the demands of these travellers.”
The experts say that with more and more travellers visiting different countries, the demand for travel medicine will increase in India and soon more hospitals would start giving travel medicine services at their hospital.