Health & safety
Crime was a hot topic in 2007. Local papers kept a close tally on the country’s record high murder rate, which reached 79 by year’s end. 60 of these murders occurred on New Providence. Although most criminal activity occurred in the ‘Over-the-Hill’ neighborhood outside of tourist-filled downtown, travelers should still take reasonable precautions during the day and extra care at night, as there has been recent spillover to the more touristed areas.
Watch for scams by taxi drivers. Rates are regulated and posted at the larger hotels, but the occasional driver will try to overcharge you. Avoid unlicensed drivers offering to give you a lift. All licensed taxi drivers will have a government ID badge.
Pharmacies are located in all shopping malls, but keep mainly standard hours.
Doctors Hospital (242-322-8411, 242-302-4600; www.doctorshosp.com; cnr Shirley St & Collins Ave) Privately owned full-service hospital, provides emergency services and acute care.
Princess Margaret Hospital (242-322-2861/2/3/4; cnr Elizabeth Ave & Sands Rd) The main facility is this government-run, full-service hospital providing emergency services and acute care.
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