Destination Information for Ghana
Ghana is located in West Africa and has so much to offer visitors. While on holiday and travelling around this beautiful country, make sure you enjoy some real African culture. A great place to visit when travelling in Ghana is the Magnori Eco-Village, where most of the homes are made of mud and locals cook food by an open fire. Ghana is hot and humid throughout the year but does have a dry season from November until April, while the wet season is April until June.
The Ghanaian capital of Accra has a traditional market to stroll around and enjoy. Stalls sell a variety of locally produced handcrafted goods; meaning you can take something a little different home from your holiday. In addition to plenty of forts and castles to visit, there are also some beautiful beaches, perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Also, don’t forget to take in the breathtaking wildlife, visit the bars and restaurants, and try some local delicacies.
Do you need vaccinations for Ghana? Yes, in most cases you will need to get vaccinations when you visit Ghana. It’s also worth noting that a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required on arrival from all travellers 9 months of age and older.
Meningococcal Meningitis in Ghana
An outbreak of meningococcal meningitis is ongoing in the Upper West Region of Ghana. As of 5 April 2015, 205 cases with 23 deaths have been reported nationally. The causative micro-organisms in the outbreak have yet to be isolated; laboratory results are awaited.
Advice for Travellers
In Ghana, the meningococcal season generally runs from Dec-Jun. Immunisation is available for those considered to be at risk:
- Travellers who are likely to have close, prolonged contact with the local population.
- Long stay travellers.
- Those visiting friends and relatives.
- Those who will be exposed to crowded areas (eg. stadia, schools, hospitals.)
- Travellers visiting an area affected by an ongoing outbreak or epidemic.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in the whole of Ghana. It is advisable to take the necessary precautions to prevent being infected with the disease.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.