There are no doctors on the beach – the
nearest with a surgery are in Panglao town centre on the road
opposite the gasoline station. The local Health Centre is on the
right of the church:
Dr. Juanita Arcay, Dr.
(038) 502-8090 (038)
Hospitals demand to be paid before you are
discharged, or you will be kept ‘hostage’ until someone else
pays! It can be difficult if you are a lone traveller, so have
some spare cash hidden away.
The most up-to-date is: Ramiro
Hospital, Gallares Street Tagbilaran.
you call a local hospital, they will usually send their own, but
community ambulances can also be called in Panglao on either:
(038) 502-8087 (038) 502-8500
The Panglao Health Centre has an ambulance available. Charges
are made in all cases.
You have to supply your own blood donors in most cases. On the
(502-9035) Sea Explorers Divers
collecting a list of local people who are willing to donate and
their blood groups. Blood is often needed to combat Dengue
Fever, which can be fatal.
Dentistry is cheaper, as good as, and
quicker, than most in Europe. Two are suggested in Tagbilaran:
Near Marcella Supermarket
Dr. Venerando Yap St.
There are several ENT spec-ialists in Tagbilaran, inclu-ding the
mayor Dr. Doloreich Dumaluan, but he has other duties to attend
to, so try:
Dr. Oliver Yu.
Emergency services should be available from any of the dive
shops on the beach: all of them should have medical kits for
first-aid, and dive instructors have to have rescue training,
which includes resuscitation.
Diving related accidents are best dealt with by the individual
dive shops which all have lists of who to contact in any
Rabies is still prevalent on Panglao Island and children have
died in the area – but not on Alona Beach.
It is still advisable, however, not to pet or feed native dogs
since the cost of human treatment runs into several thousand
pesos, and you pay: most dogs are not owned and have not been
inoculated and ‘clean-ups’ of strays are not very frequent.
the beach, Rona’s Corner by the police station has the best
supply of over-the-counter medicines, although some sari-sari’s
can help with minor things for sunburn and ‘fevers.’
There is a drug store in the centre of Panglao town, but the
best pharmacy is attached to the doctors’ surgery in the road
opposite the gasoline station.