Healthcare & COVID-19

Local COVID-19 Regulations


Senegal is recognized as a regional leader in virology, medical training, and public health mangement. During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Senegal's medical authorities have taken internationally-acclaimed measures to contain the disease as much as possible.

Niofar will keep you informed of any current rules and regulation before your travel in and out of country.

 

For the moment, there are the following laws:

  • No curfew,

  • If driving with more than 2 individuals in the vehicle, all passengers are required to wear mandatory masks, (penalty of police infraction),

  • Masks are required in large stores, shopping malls, churches, and banks for individuals over 2 years old,

  • Masks are not strictly enforced for pedestrians.
     

COVID-19 Emergency Local Numbers

SAMU

Dial 1515

Numéro vert
Dial 800 00 50 50

 

Remed24 (General and Specialist Doctors who can do house calls)
+221 33 860 83 33
 

SOS Médecin (Emergency Treatment, Ambulances)
+221 33 889 15 15

 

Clinique de la Madeleine 
(Urgent & Emergency Care)
+221 33 889 94 70
 


 

COVID-19 PCR / Rapid Testing Options

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available in Senegal? Yes

  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
     

Individuals in Senegal may obtain COVID-19 testing at the following locations. The cost is FCFA 25,000 per test.

 

Testing must be completed at least 48-hours prior to travel. It is not advisable to wait until less than 24-hours before your flight to do a PCR test.

 

Please note:

If you are traveling and have a flight confirmation, Niofar can assist in having a doctor come to your home or hotel, to take the COVID test. Results are typically issued electronically within 24-hours.

If you are not traveling, but you feel you may have COVID and can't travel to a health facility, you will need to first have a doctor come to your home to do a general exam (25,000 CFA). They will then give you a prescription for a COVID test, and Niofar can help coordinate a testing doctor at this time.

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DAKAR
 

  • L’Institut Pasteur de Dakar
    Primary Location: 36 Avenue Pasteur à Dakar
    Secondary Location: On the  "VDN," à côté de la Gendarmerie de la Foire

    +221 78 103 3937, +221 33 839 9233,
    +221 33 839 9232

     

  • IRESSEF: L’Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation
    Primary Location: Pôle urbain de Diamniadio and Ngor en face du stade de Ngor


    +221 70 954 1871, +221 77 7016590
    +221 33 872 2588

     

  • Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie, Hôpital Aristide le Dantec
    30 avenue Pasteur, downtown Dakar
    +221 33 889 3800, +221 77 633 3017

     

  • Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Militaire de Ouakam
    Km 8, route de Ouakam, Dakar
    +221 76 223 0485, +221 77 357 1731 

     

  • Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Principal de Dakar (HPD)
    1, Avenue Nelson Mandela, Dakar
    +221 775295614

     

  • Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie de l’Hôpital de Fann (LBV Fann)
    Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar
    +221 338691818

     

THIES

  • Le Laboratoire national de Santé publique (LNSP)Ex. RIAOM, Quartier 10eme, In front of the Croix Rouge, Thies+221 775191373, +221 763596212

COVID-19 Vaccines in Senegal

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Interested in getting the COVID Vaccine in Dakar?
 

  • Has the government of Senegal approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
     

  • Are vaccines available in Senegal to receive? Yes
     

  • Which vaccines are available in Senegal?
    Senegal has made available the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines received through the COVAX program.

     

  • The Government of Senegal has made vaccines available to all through local health clinics free of charge to anyone in the target population of adults aged 18 and older. Individuals must present a valid ID (National ID card, driver’s license, passport, etc.).

    Public hospitals in Dakar are also distributing vaccines. Vaccination hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9am to 3pm.

     

  • How can I get vaccinated?
    For more information, interested individuals should visit  https://vaccincorona.sec.gouv.sn/ and consult their local District Sanitaire. Monitor the Ministry of Health information for additional details.

     

  • Embassies do not offer COVID vaccinations to their citizens living in Senegal. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Dakar's Environment

Allergies, Dust & Pollution
 

During the months of January - May, Dakar has an increasing problem of air pollution, which contributes to smog, which can sometimes trap the "Harmattan dust" which blows in.

Niofar can help advise you on managing the dust and pollution, to avoid asthma and allergy issues, especially if you are bringing children. When dust is visibly present, consider wearing a mask when leaving home.


We recommend purchasing an air purifier to help manage the pollutants and dust in your home.


 

Traffic 
 

Like most booming urban centers in Africa, Dakar is having a difficult time keeping up with its exploding population. With increasing numbers of foreigners, traffic circulation has become congested throughout the city. During the rainy season, certain routes become nearly impossible! If you are thinking of bringing or purchasing a car, make sure it is at least a small-sized SUV so you can make your way safely through the unpaved areas of the city.

 

Stray Animals

For those animal lovers among us, living in Dakar can be particularly difficult. Culturally, most Senegal do not see pets as family members, and stray cats and dogs are seen as nuisances. Stray animals are not managed by the government, many carry rabies and other diseases, and during certain seasons you may find abandoned kittens or puppies. There is not yet an active or functional shelter network for stray animals in Senegal. If you are not able or do not wish to foster or adopt, please think twice about taking in a stray animal. If you have a pet, please let Niofar know - we can recommend quality veterinarians, food and supply shops, and trustworthy sitters. For more information, see Niofar's blog on animals in Senegal.

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Pharmacies, Clinics, & Medical Providers in Dakar

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Emergency Numbers
 

  • SAMU
    Dial 1515

     

  • Numéro vert
    Dial 800 00 50 50

     

  • Clinique de la Madeleine (Urgent & Emergency Care)
    +221 33 889 94 70

    *Please note: If they don't accept your insurance, you will need to provide a 1,000,000 CFA cash deposit ("caution") to be admitted.

     

  • SOS Médecin (Emergency Treatment, Ambulances)
    +221 33 889 15 15

    *Please note: Please remember to keep enough cash on-hand at your home, in case they come to avoid delays in care due to waiting for approvals with your international insurance).

House Calls & In-Person
General, Urgent & Specialty Consultations

Open 24/7

  • Remed24
    +221 33 860 83 33


Quality Clinics in Dakar

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Pharmacies of Quality
 

  • Pharmacie Guigon (Plateau) - 33 823 03 33

  • Pharmacie Demba Koita (Cite Keur Gorgui) (24/7) - 33 825 79 79

  • Pharmacie Stella (Mermoz) - 33 860 32 32

  • Pharmacie Arc-en-ciel (Ngor) - 33 820 77 84

  • Pharmacie Ngor-Almadies - 33 820 07 01

  • Pharmacie Atlantique (Mamelles) - 33 860 24 24

  • Pharmacie de la République (Plateau) - 33 821 16 63

  • Pharmacie du Point E - 33 824 56 044

Qualified Local Doctors:
 

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology:

    • Dr. Ali Zayat - 33 889 94 38

    • Dr. Ibrahim Aidibe - 33 889 94 38

    • Dr Rokhaya 77 645 68 98
       

  • Pediatrics:

    • Dr. Sophie - 77 429 02 87

    • Remed24: Dr Gana, Dr. Priscilla, Dr. Illoth, or Dr Madani - 33 860 83 33

    • Dr. Ndella - 77 656 49 13

    • Dr. Pereira - 77 915 84 96
       

  • Pediatrics for Asthma:

    • Dr Chauvin - 33 864 38 00
       

  • Osteopathy:

    • Dr. Jonathan Masson - 77 757 29 52

    • Cabinet d'Ostéopathie Alexane Bancal:
      77 620 74 11

       

  • Eye Care:

    • Dr Hassan Hoballah - 33 860 6060
       

  • Cardiology:

    • Urgences Cardio - 33 825 04 04

    • Dr Régneau - 33 889 15 15
       

  • Dentistry:

    • Dr. Diop - 33 821 52 03

    • SOS Dentiste - 33 864 63 42

    • Dr Mac - 33 842 04 20
       

  • Pediatric Dentistry:

    • Dr Mac - 33 842 04 20
       

  • Optometrist:

    • Dr Afflelou - 33 823 22 20

    • Retina Optique 33 842 08 60

    • Look Optique 33 859 28 00
       

  • Vaccines:

    • Institut Pasteur - 33 839 92 33
       

  • Laboratory Testing:

    • Bio24 - 33 889 51 51

    • Clinique de la Madeleine - 33 889 94 70
       

  • Radiology:

    • Imodsen - 33 824 99 29