Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
Yellow fever vaccinations are a must. Also, it is advised that you take medication for malaria as well.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
Most hospitals and health centers do have a doctor on site and offer 24-hour emergency services. If a person doesn't have any insurance or medical aid to cover bills, then cash is required before treatment.
Hospitals are equipped to deal with general and small operations and treatments, depending on the specific treatment or operation that must be performed. If the hospital or doctor does not have the equipment to deal with a specific procedure, then patients are referred to a local or internal hospital. It is recommended that you obtain good insurance coverage.
Hospitals under a national health insurance scheme:
Lister Hospital, Cantonments, Accra
Nyaho Medical Centre, Airport Residential Area, Accra
Princess Marie Louise Hospital, Accra (Children's Hospital)
Health insurance is offered through:
Mutual Alliance Health
AXA PPP Healthcare
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
There are many clinics and hospitals scattered across Ghana. It is advised that you have a medical scheme as this will allow you to have access to the better hospitals if anything should go wrong.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
People living in the rural and mining parts of Ghana come to the main city for treatment. Major operations that cannot be done in Ghana will be sent to either South Africa or the Middle East depending on the type of equipment needed.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
For emergencies, dial the number that corresponds to your situation.
Ambulance services - 193
Fire Services - 192
Police Services - 191
Police (Emergency) - +23327522299
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
You may call any of the above numbers for assistance.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
PHARMACY. All pharmacies are clearly marked.
Is the water safe to drink?
Tap water is NOT safe to drink. Bottled water is the safest. The two main bottled water brands are Voltic and Aqua Splash.
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