Health and Safety Micronesia
Health and sanitary conditions
No vaccination is required by local authorities, but it is obviously wise to be up to date with its reminders: DTCP, MMR, hepatitis A or even B. Those who plan to stay in more rudimentary conditions will add typhoid and rabies - dogs are numerous and sometimes aggressive (especially in Pohnpei).
In town, thetap water is drinkable but, in villages and on atolls, food is generally prepared using collected rainwater.
Make sure you are well, including during the day, and take a mosquito net, there is not always one (or there are holes…).
We find 2 hospitals good quality on the main island of Pohnpei; on the other islands, hospitals and clinics sometimes lack equipment. Pohnpei's is the best. The payment is immediate. In severe cases, it is really better to be evacuated to Guam or Hawaii - which is not always easy, knowing that the flights are not daily and that they are usually full ... Given the US hospital rates, it is imperative to take out a good health insurance, covering on-site care, and possible repatriation.
Yap, Chuuk and Pohnpei have decompression chambers to deal with diving accidents, but they are not always in working order.
On a daily basis, protect yourself well from the sun (Ecuador is close) and carry disinfectant to treat the scratches made by the coral. Better yet: slip diving shoes into your luggage as well.
In 1780, the Pingelap atoll, floating south of Pohnpei, was destroyed by a typhoon. Only 20 inhabitants survive, mainly women and the chief, who has a particularity: he is the bearer of the achromatopsia gene. Those affected by this disability do not see the colors, and suffer from brightness. The chief's genetic mutation passes to his many descendants and isolation does the rest.
Today 1 in 12 Pingelapese suffers from achromatopsia, against 1 in 30 to 000 in the general population. In Pingelap, we talk about the maskun, the “eyes extinguished”, and we accuse the Western sailors, who arrived on the islands when the disease appeared, to be responsible ...
Dial 911 at 2221 in Pohnpei. But don't be surprised if no one answers ...
Compared to many other countries, the Federated States of Micronesia is not dangerous. However, there are regular reports of theft, particularly on Weno Island in Chuuk. There it is better do not go out too much after dark, when alcohol warms the spirits. Either way, Micronesians hate to see someone disembark at night. Kosrae is arguably the most peaceful island of all (apart from the atolls).
Like everywhere in the Pacific, there are also reports of rape. Here again, women will avoid going out at night or alone.
On a completely different level, at sea, it is necessary to explode dating from the Second World War.