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Health and Living Conditions

Health Insurance  

Purchase health insurance, because your policy likely won't cover any emergencies while overseas.   
Adams & Associates International®
PO Box 5845, Columbia, SC 29250-5845 USA
Telephone: 1-800-922-8438      803 / 758-1400             
website:
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Consider buying trip cancellation insurance, with your carrier.

Take a Zpack/Zithromax  for emergency.

The guest houses are reasonably comfortable and fairly clean. Wear foot wear at all times. The major hotels in Accra are very nice and luxurious.

Electricity;  Ghana has 220 volts 50 cycles.   Take a transformer kit.

Malaria
Most windows have screens to reduce the very real threat of mosquitoes. Even with proper prophylaxis, malaria can be a serious problem.  It is recommended that a mosquito net is used on the bed at night. Use insect repellant often. Take several OFF!® Clip-On™ and refills for night time use.


Typhoid is a serious illness too.  Wash your hands after shaking hands, (don’t be obvious), handling dirty money and before eating. Keep your hands away from your face. Wash with antibacterial gels or alcohol wipes.  Eat only “safe” foods which means canned, hot from the pot, peeled or washed in bleach. Wipe off everything with something clean before opening i. e. tops of cans. Drink only filtered water, bottled water, water boiled 1 minute, tea. One needs to drink plenty of water, ideally 3 liters per day because of the climate. You can buy filtered sachets of water in Saboba.  You can purchase boxed fruit juices and bottled water in Accra. Ask for drinks without ice, unless you have made the ice from bottled or filtered water.  

AVOID POPSICLES AND FLAVORED ICES THAT MAY HAVE BEEN MADE WITH CONTAMINATED WATER.

This will reduce the threat of typhoid fever and hepatitis A. Occasional diarrhea can still occur but is usually not a serious health threat.

You will stay in guest houses with  running water, and flush toilets and showers with cold water. The water is clean enough to shower, but DO NOT DRINK IT. Use bottled water to drink or brush your teeth.


We recommend that you wear shower shoes in all guest houses to avoid catching something.  

NEVER WALK BAREFOOT ANYWHERE   OUTDOORS, INDOORS, FRESH WATER STREAMS,  IN THE SHOWER.  ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING ON YOUR FEET TO PROTECT AGAINST INFECTION OR CRITTERS THAT BITE.

You can do your own laundry in the hand basin or hire it done. Be sure to take a bar of soap. Items dried outside should be brought in by mid-afternoon to avoid mango worm infestation.

There are a few snakes and scorpions in the area.  It is a good idea to look in your shoes before you put them on. People have been bitten, especially those farming.  Anti-Venom is difficult to get, so be extra careful.

Mosquitoes and Mosquito Repellant Mosquito Nets

- OFF!® Clip-On™ Repellant and refills

- Bugz Off! Lotion -Insect repellant wipes (6-30% deet)

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Permethrin Spray on your clothes before you leave, and is good for  3washings. It is used on mosquito nets.

Malaria Prophylaxis

Ghana is a malaria-endemic country.  You need to begin to  take a Malaria Prophylaxis before you leave and for a few weeks after you return home.  Dr. Young recommends Doxycycline. It is a photosensitizer, so don’t use it if you plan to cultivate a tan.  Check with  your doctor. Use a mosquito net. Take one with you or buy one in Accra.  Take a hook to put in the ceiling for hanging.  

The CDC gives this instruction regarding food “Boil it, cook it, peel it, forget it”

Eat foods that have been thoroughly cooked and are still hot and steaming.  Avoid foods and beverages from street vendors. It is difficult for food to be kept clean on the street and many travelers get sick from food bought from street vendors.

Only eat raw fruit  or vegetables that you can peel yourself. Wash the item in filtered water before you peel. Do not eat the peelings.  You can trust those who work in most guest houses. They have been taught to take care of the ‘foreign stomach’.

Vegetables, like lettuce are easily contaminated and are very hard  to wash well.  Cook or to eat raw soak in bleach and rinse in filtered water.


DISCLAIMER

Saboba's Hope Inc. is a California non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3). EIN 26-2919781