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General Health & Safety Tips

Anti-Malarial Drugs

It is advisable to pack Mosquito Repellant. All our accommodations have Mosquito nets but when you are outside, we recommend that you put on some repellant. Most tourists prefer to use anti-malarial drugs, if you can afford them its advisable to bring them with you.

Medical Centers in Lamu Town

In case you get sick, the following contact can help you find a doctor or inquire about specific medicine availability.

  • Ibunusina Pharmacy Tel: 042 4632093
  • Langoni Nursing Home Tel: 042 4633349
  • Lamu District Hospital
  • Keya Chemistry Mobile: 0722178277

Medical Solution in Shela Village

Shela Dispensary
Open 9:00 AM – 2:00PM Monday – Friday. If you are a nurse or doctor who would like to volunteer, your assistance will be highly appreciated. Advanced arrangement is required. Please contact Us

Shela Medical Clinic
Located near Shela pry school at the back of the village. Call the doctor incase of emergency any time of the day at 0721 447985 or 042 4633555

Lamu Ambulance

A tuktuk is used as the ambulance. It is not equiped with life saving facilities. It has limited movements between Lamu hospital and Kanu Hall. Most Lamu streets are narrow.

General Safety in the Island

  • You should bring a torch for just incase the power goes off.
  • Remember to pack a small first aid kit
  • You should not let the captain over speed during the night. If possible, take a slow boat which is more safe.


Say NO to drugs. Drug is becoming a problem in Lamu. If you buy drugs, you promote the dealer thereby enhancing the rates of abuse. This is because the seller has to go and get more stock for the next tourists to come.


Sexual transmited diseases – HIV/aids

Do always pack some condoms. Condoms are difficult to get in Lamu.


You can ask for direction if you get lost around the town. Report anyone harrassing you to the Tourist office which is next to Lamu World restaurant. Office working hours is 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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