How the Medical system works in Guinea

Medical facilities are poorly equipped and extremely limited, both in the capital city and throughout Guinea. Medicines are in short supply and of questionable quality, with counterfeiting of medication a serious issue. Sterility of equipment should not be assumed, and treatment is frequently unreliable. Some private medical facilities provide a better range of treatment options than public facilities but are still well below western standards. Trauma care is extremely limited. Food and water safety concerns are among the most common causes of illnesses in the country. Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, are common.

Being admitted to hospital in Guinea

For emergency services in Guinea, dial 117.

Ambulance services are not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.


Buying medication in Guinea

If traveling with prescription medication, always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations in Guinea

The Government of Guinea requires all non-Guinean citizens age 18 and over entering the country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Guinea.

Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Strongly consider optional vaccinations by CDC for West Africa and Guinea.

Malaria is prevalent throughout the country. Antimalarial prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers even for short stays.

You should:

  • Carry and use insect repellents containing either 20 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, or IR3535
  • Treat clothing and tents with permethrin.
  • Sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets.
  • Use antimalarial prophylaxis.

The following diseases are present in Guinea:

Air quality in Guinea

Air pollution is a significant problem in Conakry, Guinea. Consider the potential impact of seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution on your health and consult your doctor before traveling if necessary.

The air quality varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons. It is typically at its worst in the dry season, which begins in late October and continues into late May. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Source: US Department of State