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Ghana

Ghana: At a glance

Capital: Accra

Population: 28.83 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 192

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Ghana: Travel Health Information

Ghana is known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, culture, and adventure tourism. Visitors can explore Accra’s museums, observe monkeys in the wild at the Buaben Monkey Sanctuary, or try paragliding during the country’s paragliding festival.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Ghana may differ from your home country. Ghana has a public healthcare system with a few private options. Access to healthcare facilities and services in Ghana’s urban areas is generally good, but access is extremely limited in rural areas due to a lack of facilities as well as poor infrastructure and transportation. The country has a shortage of healthcare personnel and essential medicines and supplies are often in short supply. The quality of care does not meet international standards. Private facilities in Accra provide a slightly higher standard of care and there are a few internationally-staffed clinics providing an adequate standard of care.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Ghana require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – often to Western Europe – may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Ghana.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are widely available in Ghana’s cities and urban areas, but access may be limited outside of these regions. Some pharmacies are only licensed to sell over-the-counter medications, while others can fill prescriptions. Make sure to only buy medications from licensed pharmacies in urban areas as counterfeit medications are common.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Ghana’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Ghana’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Major roads in Ghana are well maintained and paved. Smaller roads and roads in rural areas may be poorly maintained or unpaved. Unlit roads are also common. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Ghana: At a glance

Capital: Accra

Population: 28.83 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 192

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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