Country: Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic that is officially called the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is located in West Africa and is bordered by Cameroon and Chad to the east, Niger to the north, the Republic of Benin to the west, and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja. Its largest city is Lagos.
The population of Nigeria is 174 million and the official language is English. Many other languages are used by the Nigerian population, including Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.
To access emergency services: Dial 199
Currency: Naira (NGN)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Nigeria, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Nigerian hospital: Nigeria offers a large number of knowledgeable doctors, though Nigerian facilities are often in poor condition. Equipment is not maintained well, and medications are in short supply.
Doctors and medical professionals in Nigeria are English-speaking. Hospitals and doctors will expect cash payment when medical services are provided.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Nigeria: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Nigeria-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.