Information for Patients
The government of Nauru provides healthcare services to all of its citizens, which means all public health services are free of charge. These services include medical, surgical and dental specialties, alongside haemodialysis, laboratory, radiological, physiotherapy and pharmaceutical services. Treatments for diabetes and other obesity-related diseases are offered by the public facilities, but those are the only form of specialized medical care available in the country. Patients who require additional treatment may need to travel to Australia. MSF used to provide psychological and psychiatric services for residents, but it was order by the government to stop in late 2018 because it was “perceived to be helping refugees”.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Under the Health Practitioners Act, any medical practitioners, dentists and nurses must register with the Health Practitioners Registration Board. All applicants must hold approved qualification or experience.
International humanitarian medical non-governmental groups such as the MSF are eager to provide medical assistance to the country, especially the detained refugees, but they were not welcome by the government.
Information for Travellers
Refugees and asylum seekers’ health condition and lack of medical care are some alarming issues in the country. The government failed to provide refugees and asylum seekers with the healthcare they need and deny them medical transfers.
For those who are planning to travel to Nauru, they are recommended to receive vaccines against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Rabies and routine vaccinations.
Nauruan is the official language of the country but English is also widely spoken and is the language of government and commerce.
Link to Ministry of Health: http://www.naurugov.nr/