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Health Care, Disease Control, Crime and Safety in Sao Tome and Principe




Sao Tome and Principe is generally a healthy place as breakout of communicable diseases doesn’t happen as so very often as compared to their African neighbors.  Unlike other African countries, all kinds of communicable diseases are normally occurring, but in the islands of Sao Tome and Principe, only malaria seems to be the malady that pesters them on a year round basis.

Another remarkable thing to be noted in the health profile of Sao Tome and Principe is that HIV/AIDS seems have so far has not reached the shores of  this former Portuguese colony. So far there are no live cases in the islands of Sao Tome and Principe and so this should go well to the planned development of its tourism industry.

However, everything is not rosy in Sao Tome as 54% of the people are living below the poverty line. This means that more than half of the 175,808 population of the country are poor. Usually, countries with high impoverished families have widespread malnutrition cases and would usually have high incidences of breakouts. Fortunately, that is not the case with Sao Tome and Principe. Because of this, the government has made sure that all children should receive vaccines for the usual suspects like polio, measles, tuberculosis, DPT and hepatitis B.

On the whole, there is only one hospital in all of Sao Tome and Principe. The sick people from the island of Principe have to cross the waters should they need to be admitted to the hospital. This set up came about as most of the people in the country are in Sao Tome.

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