Ghana

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Ghana is divided into the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service, which is still government administered but takes on a greater and wider scope. The Christian Health Associate of Ghana is a health system that is both public and charity, liaising with the Ministry of Health but run by many churches within the country, with over 200 churches under its administration. There are five levels of providers to health in the country: health posts (mainly found in rural areas), centers/clinics, district hospitals, regional hospitals and tertiary hospitals. Healthcare tends to be of higher quality in cities such as Accra and Kumasi but are still suboptimal in comparison to European counterparts. Private sector tends to provide services which are both higher in quality and also in service. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations is required to be done via the Ghanaian Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Ghanaian embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Ghanaian medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Ghana.

English is the language of instruction for medical education in the Ghana.


Information for Travelers 
In comparison to other countries in West Africa, private service in Ghana tends to be of higher quality then neighboring countries, such as Nigeria, seeing an influx of wealthier patients from other countries. Care isn’t universal in Ghana but some basic services are covered by the Ghana Health Service. Foreigners are required to take out their own private health insurance plan and stick with private health services, however district hospitals such as Korle Bu in Accra tend to be of high quality and open to patient diversity. English is the main language in Ghana and all medical professionals are fluent in English.
Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival.  Malarial tablets are also recommended.

Expats are required to have a robust travel health insurance plan prior to arrival in the country.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.ghanahealthservice.org 

 

 

References:
https://www.afro.who.int/news/ghana-health-service-and-its-health-partners-engage-media-during-breastfeeding-week
https://www.who.int/countries/gha/en/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4144286/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5607056/
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812958/Ghana_-_Medical_and_Healthcare_-_CPIN_-_v1.0__GOV.UK_.pdf