Water is safe throughout Panama City, and certified potable at the orphanage’s farm by the Ministry of Health. When traveling to the beaches or very rural areas, drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Tap water should not be considered safe at the beaches nor fountain drinks and ice cubes. If this is not possible, make water safer by both filtering through an "absolute 1 micron or less" filter AND adding iodine tablets to the filtered water. "Absolute 1 micron filters" are found in camping/outdoor supply stores.
The most common health complaint in any developing nation is an ailing digestive system. In many cases, the illness may be attributed merely to a change in diet, but occasional cases of food poisoning can occur, whereby the symptoms occur very quickly, severely and explosively. These are seldom serious or extended illnesses, but medical treatment should be sought if it occurs.
Avoid eating food from roadside stalls/vendors. Don't eat unpeeled fruits or fruits that have already been cut by unknown handlers on the street. If you must eat food at a place that you have doubts about, make sure the food is served hot.
If you require any prescription drugs, bring enough for the duration of your stay in Panama. They will need to be carried in their original prescription bottle and the prescription must be in your name.
It is advisable that you carry a small health kit which should include remedy for upset stomach, some antiseptic cream, hydration powder, mosquito repellant, sun block, band aids, etc
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