International SGE Health Care Center Eindhoven | Reffat Ara Shegufa

Reffat Ara Shegufa

Reffat Ara Shegufa

A new special Health Care Center has now been opened in Eindhoven. Today I will give a short description about this center.

Health is a big issue for all. For the expats, when they come to a new country, it is very challenging for them to keep faith on a totally unknown system based on a difficult language.

I can still remember, when I first called my GP, my experience was not good due to the linguistic barriers. At that time I did not know any Dutch to help me and the assistant of the doctor was not good in English as well.

But now when you call this new center, you will get astonished. The assistant is speaking in English instead of Dutch. So you do not need to be fluent in Dutch. Great relief for all expats!

DSCN6743You can come here for your intake which gives you the first impression about the center.

The GP will listen to you to get to know about your culture and the health system of your own country.

This intake will give your GP a clear idea about your past as well as you will be confident about your future doctor.

If you are not good in English, they will try to provide interpreters in other languages. Therefore, you do not need to pay heed to any gossip regarding the Dutch GPs.

DSCN9508Depression and psychological problems are very common among the foreigners. New environment as well as the Dutch weather is enough to make you upset.

This center is planning to provide psychosocial support also along with regular medical care.

Sometimes it is very difficult for the patients to believe on their GPs. At times, Patients want some specialist consultations.

SGE international center will provide one internal medicine specialist. First, they will provide this facility temporarily but in future they will try to do it permanently.

You can register very easily in this center. You just fill up the registration form and they will ask you for intake within few days. You can find all the information in English via

It is very difficult to be satisfied completely with any health system. No health system in the world can have a 100% patient’s satisfaction. However, in an unknown country people are trying to give you a homely flavor. It is really a great step by the SGE. At least they are concerned about the internationals health issues and trying to solve it. As an expat, I really appreciate their steps and hope that their efforts will be truly successful.

 Best wishes to SGE


Iron rich diet during pregnancy | Reffat Ara Shegufa


Reffat Ara Shegufa

Regularly our GiT spouse Reffat Ara Shegufa writes about health topics. This time about the value of an iron rich diet for pregnant women.

Pregnancy is a very significant and sensitive time. Your body needs to adjust with enormous hormonal alterations.

During pregnancy the body needs extra calories, vitamins and minerals; because during this period you eat not only for yourself but also for your baby.

So your meal should cover the need of two persons!

Among all other nutrients iron is a very important mineral during pregnancy. At this time the body absorbs iron more efficiently.

Therefore it is important to consume more iron while you are pregnant to ensure that you and your baby are getting enough oxygen. Iron will also help you to avoid the symptoms of tiredness, irritability, depression and weakness.

The daily requirement of iron for a pregnant lady is approximately 30mg.

Sources of Iron:

  • Green vegetables: Spinach, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beef
  • Liver (not too much to avoid excess vitamin A)
  • Cereals made from iron fortified grains
  • Lentils
  • All types of beans
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Egg yolk
  • Prune juice
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Fruits: different types of berries, apricots, grapes, oranges, plums.

Some important notes about Iron

Vitamin C helps your body to use iron. It is important to include sources of vitamin C along with foods containing iron and iron supplements.

Vitamin C rich foods: orange juice, grape fruit juice, green peppers, melon, cabbage, broccoli, strawberries Caffeine can inhibit iron absorption. So do not take caffeine with iron rich foods and supplements.Take caffeine one or three hours before or after iron supplements.

Sources rich in caffeine: coffee, tea, colas and chocolate products. Constipation is sometimes associated with iron supplementation.

To get rid of constipation, fiber rich diet, water and moderate exercise (recommended by your doctors) could be a good solution. Beside iron rich foods, you can talk to your doctors for extra iron supplements. N.B. Make sure that you have no allergic reaction with these foods.

Wish you all a safe and sound journey


Healthcare in The Netherlands | GiT Info Meeting with Reffat and Seda | Mohini Patil


Mohini Patil

I was very tense when I came here in The Netherlands. I had too many doubts and questions in my mind related to the health care system of The Netherlands. This was mostly because of what I had heard from my friends, staying here in The Netherlands, about the Dutch way of dealing with patients and secondly, because I came for the first time to a foreign country.

At this junction of my settling-in in The Netherlands, a GIT discussion session on “Dutch health care system” came in.

Thanks to Reffat and Seda, who hosted thorough, informative and very practical discussions on various aspects of health care system in Netherlands, this helped us clear most of our doubts and taboos.

IMG_6805The discussion started with very basic questions, like “What is meant by GP?”,  “How can we register?”, ” Why it is necessary to register with GP?”.

They went on explaining to what extent the GP (General Practitioner) can provide us support and when he refers us to specialized practitioners.

One thing I came to know and which was a bit shocking for me was that doctors here avoid giving antibiotics and stress on developing immune power of the patient, which is in complete contrast to where I come from.


Choosing a right type of insurance is a daunting task, not only for newly arrived but also for the long staying expats. Reffat moved on to the next topic of the discussion on “Selecting the type of Insurance”.

In this discussion, Seda and Reffat explained what the different types of insurances are and which one to choose in specific cases. They also explained about the special insurance or add-on packages for physiotherapy, dentists, ophthalmologist and Gynaecologist.

Knowing about these ranges of possibilities will surely help all the GIT spouses and their families to choose right type of insurances and add on packages.


After giving out all the information on Dutch heath care system, we started sharing how health care systems are different in different countries.

It was very interesting to discover how people in different country organize their health care system and needs.

I come from India and our health care system is very much different from here in The Netherlands.

IMG_6809Reffat and Seda’s medical background gave us much important insights in Dutch healthcare.

This discussion broadens our understanding about health care system and made an impression of how well organized the Dutch health care system is!