How to protect kids and family living with mosquitoes in the tropics

Mosquito Insecticide Spray Granada Nicaragua

In every season, dry or rainy, Nicaragua faces a plague of mosquitoes that is either merely a nuisance or downright dangerous depending on the mosquito. Most mosquitoes that enter our home might pester us at night or have us searching for the ultimate remedy to relieve the itchiness but these mosquitoes are nothing worse than what we might encounter in Charlotte, North Carolina on a summer night or during a camping expedition.

However in Nicaragua, there are other varieties of mosquitoes that are carriers of serious viruses that can make you very sick.  Having had dengue fever twice, I can tell you that it is no war story from your travels with which you will regale your friends lightheartedly.  The same could be said of malaria or the Chikungunya virus.  On the other hand, both Aiden and I had the Zika virus like most everyone else last year and it was not too terrible: I dread much more having the common flu.

Thankfully, the city of Granada and the Ministry of Health (MINSA) do actively campaign against mosquitoes.  Health workers will regularly pass by your house to do an inspection of your yard (you must let them in but you can demand to see identification).  They will advise you of areas that may shelter mosquito larva due to standing water and will place sandwich bags of insecticide (these look like small baggies of sand and are called abate) inside those areas in question. Continue reading “How to protect kids and family living with mosquitoes in the tropics”

You’re in charge. Simple healthcare in Nicaragua.

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Healthcare without insurance

When you get sick in Nicaragua you will experience what it was like in the era that predates insurance companies.  During your time in Nicaragua you can glimpse for yourself a life where people can manage to pay out of pocket for their medical care expenses by having any modest savings or income.

While there do exist a few insurance companies in Nicaragua they are largely connected to an employment plan or a private hospital.   Most Nicaraguans do not have health insurance, nor do they need it.  What does this mean for you as an expat in Nicaragua?

You will have direct personal access to doctors, laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals that you would never dream of having back in your home country.  You will pay them directly and you will be the intermediary between all of these parties.  It will be inexpensive and liberating to see how a system works when the system gets out of the way.

I will give you an example to show you how accessible and unbureaucratic Nicaraguan health care really is. Continue reading “You’re in charge. Simple healthcare in Nicaragua.”