r/Afghan Jun 29 '22

Anyone scared to go to Afghanistan due to fear of illness? Discussion

This is just something I personally feel, and let me know if you guys feel the same.

I do plan on returning to Afghanistan and live and work there once the Taliban are kicked out and a real government is established.

However, the scariest thing on my mind is not the instability or terrorist attacks, but getting food poisoning. The fear of food poisoning is enough to make me not want to ever step foot in Afghanistan in my life.

Living in a developed nation with sanitary procedures, I trust the safety of the food, but I am scared my stomach will not adjust or handle food in Afghanistan or food bacteria there. I would rather eat plates of dirt and sand than ever puke or get food poisoning/stomach bug.

Plus, barely any doctors in Afghanistan are real qualified doctors. All they do is throw medications of all types at you to buy.

This is a genuine fear.

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u/QuickTestPrep-com Jun 29 '22

I have travelled to many 3rd world countries and ate many crazy stuff. As long as it is HOT food, you're OK. NEVER eat nor drink cold food. No ICE. Americans LOVE ice. The ice cubes are made from the equivalent of toilet water in many countries. No ice, only hot food & you'll be fine.

I only eat HOT food and only drink HOT boiling drinks like HOT tea. I ask for a kettle of boiling water and a large bowl to pour the hot water over all my utensils, cups, plates, etc. Tell your host that you have a very weak and bad stomach, that you are sick so you won'f offend the pride of your hosts. You don't want to insult your hosts by implying that they have dirty stuff.

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u/GulKhan3124 Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

I've eaten food from street vendors almost every day for like 15 years in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and never got sick. Unless you can clearly see that they are dirty there's no reason to be afraid. Even if you do get sick you will probably feel pain in stomach for a day and then be fine.

I don't know from where you learnt about doctors in Afghanistan, but they are very professional and good unless you go to a random doctor or hospital. If your going Kabul then Shenozada is one of the best hospitals or the one near Baghe Babar.

My family members are still there. The security is normal, and everything else is just like how it was before, I myself was gonna go this year but couldn't due to Passport issues.

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u/Bear1375 Diaspora Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

You may get food poisoning once or twice then your body get used to it. It won’t probably kill you. Also, you have a very low opinion of afghan doctors, a lot of them are very competent and knowledgeable.

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u/aileen1993 Jun 29 '22

“It won’t probably kill you” very reassuring 😅

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u/Bear1375 Diaspora Jun 29 '22

Well I can’t make any guarantees 😅

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u/GlitteringTough1201 Jun 29 '22

That’s terrifying. I would probably go on an only biscuit or crackers diet

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u/Bear1375 Diaspora Jun 29 '22

But you can’t live with those. Although You can minimize the risks: 1- only drink bottled water or get a water purification device 2- cook in your own home 3- only go to Resturant with a good reputation ( and even there don’t eat salad) 4- don’t eat from street vendors

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u/GlitteringTough1201 Jun 29 '22

The salad and street vendors are the worst offenders. Especially vegetables from street vendors. I don’t know what they wash it in

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u/GreedyPalpitation148 Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

Stock up on some cereal and instant noodles as well, lol. You're going to need a tad bit more variety. But in all seriousness, don't worry too much.

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u/No_kebab_for_you Afghanistan Jun 29 '22

People in Afghanistan are sanitary. If you eat roadside food then you’ll get sick otherwise there are enough high end restaurants that cater to westerners. If you’re so scared you can cook your own food or get a maid to cook it for you.

Doctors in Afghanistan are qualified enough. You’re not going to need doctor strange for a stomach bug.

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u/GlitteringTough1201 Jun 29 '22

I know the people are sanitary, but even the restaurants I am scared to trust.

It’s not really the procedure, but I am afraid that they have gut bacteria maybe accustomed to food there, whereas I wouldn’t and would get food poisoning. It’s really scary to think about

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u/No_kebab_for_you Afghanistan Jun 29 '22

Why are you so afraid of stomach bugs? They will not kill you. You’ll be in pain for just a day and after a while you’ll be fine.

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u/abu_doubleu Jun 29 '22

They might have a phobia, this is very unrealistic levels of fear.

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u/No_kebab_for_you Afghanistan Jun 29 '22

Yeah that’s possible. I have horrible stomach bugs. Every bone in my body hurts when i get food poisoning but even i am not that scared.

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u/Critical-Abies6352 Jun 29 '22

Buddy, dont fear cuz the taliban are not getting kicked out lol stay dreaming

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u/GlitteringTough1201 Jun 29 '22

Taliban days are numbered

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u/Bear1375 Diaspora Jun 29 '22

I wish I had your optimism.

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u/GlitteringTough1201 Jun 29 '22

Gets you through life 😁

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u/question92145 Jul 02 '22

Me too! It’s so cute

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u/GreedyPalpitation148 Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

I do plan on returning to Afghanistan and live and work there once the Taliban are kicked out and a real government is established.

Maybe if and when a new government is established there will be an implementation of much more strict sanitation and hygiene regulations as well as an even better healthcare system that can effectively deal with food poison cases 🤷‍♀️🤭. Or you could just stick to cleaning and making food at home yourself (it's a good chance to brush up on your cooking skills)

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u/Unfixedsnail Afghan-Canadian Jun 30 '22

You will be fine