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    Medial facilities

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Modern private and public hospitals and clinics are available in all cities and big towns. Tourist should contact travelers" medical insurance companies to cover any medical contingencies while away from their home countries.

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    credit card fraud

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Dinners, and Visa. Your car may be used for payment at nearly all airlines, leading hotels and major supermarkets. Using your credit card in Ghana can be risky though. There have been numerous instances of credit card fraud in Ghana. A credit card number can be recorded and sold, even at the best facilities.

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    Electricity

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Electricity
    If you are bringing along any electrical appliances, they should operate on or be adaptable to 220 volts. Electric outlets in Ghana accept either 3pronged, or sometimes 2-pronged. British or Continental European type plus or converters.

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    when God made the sun it had its eye on us.

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    this years sunshine has been blazing than ever thanks to global warming.if you love tanning then this is your bet,well if its the other way around get your dress code with lots of sunlight in mind.............which ever accessories that come with avoiding the sun get it one,one the locals loved the sun,now everyones complaining its pretty clear the end is geeting nearer. 2 the tourist have a sunny moment.

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    travelling at night

    by Whoopi Written Nov 23, 2005

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    Lately, it has become more dangerous to travel at night. If you take trotro from one big city to another, try not to travel long after dark. Some roads are very far from people and sometimes you have to drive trough the mountains. There are gangs who rob and sometimes kill when they attack public transportation at night, so take care...
    Within the towns and cities there are no problems...

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    Forests are disappearing

    by Wafro Written Jul 3, 2005

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    Timber once was a number one export product of Ghana.
    Now that many forests have been cleared, the export of tropical hardwood has declined.
    But you can still see the trucks loaded with big logs driving around the southern part of the country.

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    Bush meat

    by Wafro Written Jul 2, 2005

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    Bush meat, you can find it everywhere.
    At local markets, in chop bars and along the road.
    Use your brains and don’t buy it if it’s possible, otherwise you support the killing of wild animals.
    Sometimes it’s easier to find animals along the road, than in the wild.
    -Monkeys
    -Snake
    -Grascutter
    -Antelope
    -….

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    Addresses Wanted!

    by VJSmith Written Apr 21, 2005

    It seems many Ghanians, especially children, will do anything to get a hold of your address book. One of my students climbed over our balcony and stole postcards addressed to my friend Henry´s friends in the UK. A few weeks later the friends emailed wondering who was Jonathan, and why was he asking for money and toys??

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    HIV AIDS

    by Alpha_Ghana Written Apr 17, 2005

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    It is a fact, HIV is present eveywhere and more particularly in Africa. The number of HIV positive people is always underestimated.
    In Ghana, the principal vector of HIV is not unsafe sex but doctors. With the poor level of basic hygiene in the hospitals, you can enter for a flue and go out with HIV.
    It has happened to a French after a visit of an hospital in Tema.

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  • driving in Accra

    by momojo Written Feb 18, 2005

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    I would not recommend any foreigner drive in the Accra area - those drivers are nuts! They don't believe in stop signs and people will just wander in the streets. I actually saw a man get hit by a taxi because he walked right in front of it while it was moving! I never took a "tro tro" but the taxi drivers all tried to charge me more because I was white. Before getting in the taxi, be sure to agree on your rate otherwise they will try to jack it up. I also noticed the taxi's bypassing the natives trying to hail them down in favor of the whites because they think they can charge more - BEWARE!!!

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    malaria

    by abdulwa Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    well ghana has no threat to tourist expect for the petty thieves and malaria.you have to be on guard for malaria.
    also look out for thieves at the tema station area and the lorry parks.also at the outskirts of makola market.also beware of the thieves at the beaches.

    kokrobite beach

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    Beware of the drivers

    by MissThing606 Written Oct 2, 2004

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    Ghana is a great place to visit - just beware of the arrogant drivers.

    You may think that once you are in the middle of a quiet road any onciming vehicle will slow down and let you pass, right? UH-uh, wrong!

    As far as some of these drivers are concerned, the road is for vehicles. therefore if you happen to get hurt while they are in the road, that's your business!

    This isn't an exaggeration. I was crossing a road once, there road was clear till I got to the middle of the road. Then this car comes speeding round he corner beepign his horn and the driver motions for ME to get out of his way!

    Another time, my Dad and I were on a zebra crossing Osu (honestly, those things are just there for deocration!) when these two guys come past on a moped and shout and insult us. They sped past, just inches from my dad's face!

    Granted, not all drivers are like this, but be careful!

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    Don't get angry.

    by Wafro Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    During your journey you'll probably get into situations where you can lose your patience.
    That's mainly because of the cultural differences and than you'll have to control yourself.
    Ghanaian our relaxed and polite people and you'll lose all your credits when you become angry and aggressive.
    SO RELAX AND GO WITH THE FLOW.

    Car problems, but there���s always a solution

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    Information on you.

    by Alpha_Ghana Written May 28, 2004

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    You think if you protect your money and your expensive goods, you won't have problem.
    In fact, everything has a value, even your business card.
    People can steal or ask you your business card. They sell it to a 419er or a Nigerian scammer, who is going to write to you and tell he has millions dollars to share with you.

    So, be careful when you give a business card and do like for your cheques: number them and know to whom you are giving them.

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    Malaria

    by Alpha_Ghana Updated May 13, 2004

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    Malaria is still very dangerous in Ghana and a lot of people die every year because of this infection.
    If you come to Ghana, particularly from May to October, during the raining season, don't forget your malaria tablets.
    Consult a tropical practitionner, because the malaria infection creates new defenses every year and one medication valid one year can be obsolete the year after.
    The best is prevention, after 5PM, always wear clear clothes and be fully covered, especially legs and feet, use strong mosquito repellants.

    Be aware that there is no 100% safe anti-malaria tablet, so never take the strongest because if you yet get malaria, there is nothing stronger.

    In Ghana, there is a good medecine called HALFAN 90,000 cedis in all pharmacies. This cares you the three-four first times you get malaria, after you must choose another one.
    After fever is gone, two-three days later, take a lot of vitamines and don't eat fat, don't drinl alcohol during at least 15 days. Don't do anything that can give difficulties to your lever.
    The you can recover fast.

    You perhaps have malaria if you feel:
    - throat pain like a serious flu
    - body pain and tired
    - headache like BP down

    Fever comes a little bit later but if you feel you have malaria, go to the hospital and make a test, if not possible take tablets.

    Not caring maliara is very dangerous and you can die.

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