Medical Care: General Tidbits

If you are looking for information about hospitals in Sana’a, please see: Medical Care: Hospitals in Sana’a for information about hospitals here.


Other medical related info/issues:

Understanding the doctor if you are a native English speaker.

I think most of the doctors you come across speak English. Sometimes however, with their accents, they can be hard to understand.


The prices are pretty reasonable here. At Modern German hospital, a pediatric check up costs about $3. A maternity delivery ranges from $50 – $100. I think we did an ultra sound there also for my stepson and it was like $10.00 or something.


Medicine is reasonably priced. Medicine is not typically sold in stores. You may find a headache or stomach medicine at a little corner store, but most medicine is sold in the saydaleeyah (pharmacy). They sell just about everything here from headache medicines to heart medicines. In the hospitals that I have had experience with, if you are a patient in the hospital, you are required to buy your own medicine. When my stepson was in the hospital we had to take the prescription to a pharmacy. Hospitals have their own pharmacies, but we have had to go to an outside pharmacy to get a prescription or two filled because the hospital was out of them.


Over the Counter Meds


Below are a few of the generic brands of products that we have purchased for various common minor ailments, in case you are just arriving in Sana’a and need to buy something for a cold, etc. It may be handy to know the names of some things as sometimes it can be difficult to get the pharmacist to understand what you need. Many pharmacists speak some English, but some don’t.

Many of the products are either made in Egypt, Yemen, the UAE, etc though you will find some from places like Germany or the UK.

  • Amol (fever reducer, pain reliever) for kids
  • Ramol, similar name, same thing, for kids
  • Flukit, for cold symptoms
  • Calamyl, calamine lotion, kind of on the runny side
  • Dermovate, really strong for eczema
  • Soolan, cough syrup.
  • Actifed, cough/cold
  • Laxolac, laxative
  • Disflatyl, gas and discomfort

I really haven’t seen a good stomach medicine here. They always give us the same thing, Scopinal, and I don’t really like that. I have been looking for a pepto bismol/milk of magnesia/tums type medicine and have yet to see it, so if you use those, I suggest bringing those to start you off.


Is-haal (diarrhea) is really common for foreigners so you might want to bring a medicine for that when you come to start you off. You might get it from eating foods from the smaller street vendors and restaurants or drinking water from the tap (which I don’t recommend unless you have no choice).

Vitamins are called “fie-ta-menaat” Most stores have a syrup (shurab) for children (atfaal), although I have found the chewables at one pharmacy so far. I really don’t think they as good as US brands though, Allahu ilm.

Hope this gives you a clearer picture of some things you might expect if you are planning on coming.


2 Responses

  1. As salaamu alaykum, how is the air quality there, I have a child who has eczema, and possibly asthmatic. Would they fair ok in the environment? Also, I have an autistic child, are there any centers there for special needs children/ wa salaamu

  2. wa alaykum us salaam,

    The air can be kind of dirty. I mean there’s not a lot of pollution per say (like from traffic), but since its dirty here, a lot of stuff kicks up into the air (germs) that could aggravate the asthma and Allah knows best. I know my daughter and stepson have gotten a lot of sinus infections where they have runny noses daily for like a year at a time. I have eczema as does my daughter and masha Allah, mine never really acts up, but she has more bouts with it than I have had here.

    I know when we were in Damaaj, some American sisters told me not to send the kids out after asr because that is when it generally gets windy and then the wind picks up a lot of stuff. In some neighborhoods there are trash pits/trashy areas and so that stuff/germs gets picked up into the wind.

    I was a little paranoid a few years back as my stepson had gotten meningitis and I was afraid to let my baby son go outside because the only place we had taken my stepson had been to the masjid. Never found out where he had gotten the meningitis from but it was serious as he was in a coma for two weeks. Yemenis tend to bundle the babies up even in this hot weather to protect from the germs.

    So, not trying to scare anyone, but definitely these are things to consider especially if you have family members with health problems. Other than that incident of meningitis and the sinus infections, we have been ok, healthwise, masha Allah, none of the other children in the household got the meningitis masha Allah.

    I am not sure as far as the Autism. I have a stepson who we suspect has autism (the one who had meningitis) but haven’t really checked into getting him diagnosed. You may be able to find a specialist, quite often there are more things/services here than you would expect, but I just don’t know offhand. Will keep my eyes and ears open, insha Allah…..

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