Health. Mosquitoes are common in a tropical
country like the Philippines. It usually breeds in stagnant water
and is more active during the rainy season. There are no recorded
local cases of Malaria in Cagayan de Oro. Most of the Malaria infected
patients from nearby provinces and towns are brought to Cagayan
de Oro for treatment. However Dengue Fever is endemic throughout
To minimize discomfort from mosquito bites, wear long pants
or jeans and socks if possible. Also use a mosquito net over
the sleeping area or an electric mosquito repellant. Apply a
small amount of Caladryl lotion around the bitten area to relieve
itch. These items and other mosquito repellants are available
in shopping centers.
Water in the city is generally clean. However, tourists are still
advised to drink from bottled water or from water refilling stations.
Avoid using ice cubes in drinks.
Food and snacks from street vendors are popular among locals.
Tourists on the other hand should be cautious. Not everyone has
the stomach for street food.
HIV-AIDS cases in Cagayan de Oro are on the rise.The Department of Health has declared an AIDS epidemic in the Philippines. For more information about HIV-AIDS, call the City Health Office STD-AIDS hotline at (8822) 721189.
So far, the Philippines has remained free from the SARS and Bird Flu virus. Both National and Local Government units have been mobilized to prevent the possible arrival of these viruses. There is a growing problem with fake drugs in the market. Buy your medicines in major shopping centers or reputable pharmacies such as Mercury Drugstore, Rose Pharmacy and Watsons.
For foreigners who are planning to stay longer or planning to visit rural areas where there are limited health facilities, consider vaccination. Hepatitis (A & B) is a health problem
in the Philippines. The government is now implementing measures
to vaccinate all newly born children against this disease. Consult
with your doctor before taking any vaccine. Check the Travel
for Disease Control and Preventionfor
CAGAYAN DE ORO MEDICAL CENTER
Tiano Bros. Street corner Nacalaban Street (near De Lara Park, Provincial
Tel. No. (8822) 722256; (88) 8565507
CAGAYAN DE ORO POLYMEDIC HOSPITAL
A. Velez Street (in front of Pelaez Sports Center)
Tel. No. (8822) 724914; (88) 8576911
CAPITOL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CITY
National Highway, Gusa
Tel. No. (88) 8564706; 8564714
MADONNA & CHILD HOSPITAL
Seriña Street, Carmen
Tel. No. (8822) 725003; (88) 8584105
NORTHERN MINDANAO REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Capitol Compound, (Across Provincial Capitol Building)
Tel. No. (8822) 726362; 728829