Outside of a major city centre, take any anticipated, needed supplies when going to a clinic- for example, syringes, needles, gloves, bandages, suture materials, etc. It is especially helpful to bring along pediatric supplies. Bring a sufficient supply of all necessary prescription drugs (eyeglasses, contacts, etc.) with you from your home country. Prescription drugs and eyeglasses are generally available locally and are often cheaper in cost. However, selection and brand names may be limited so some feel more comfortable bringing these things from home.
The main key to remember about the medical situation in Ghana...is there's no 911 (so to speak) nor "managed care". You need to plan ahead about what to do if the worse case scenario or part of it actually happens.
• Have medical evacuation insurance (medical evacuation to home country in event of need);
• Think ahead of what you are going to do or where you are going to go depending on the need. ;What ambulance would you call? Which ER would you visit? Does your clinic offer advice over-the-phone or after-hours? "West African Rescue Association" is presently the leading medical assistance service provider in Ghana. However, they are private and available to those who subscribe to their service.
• Write down your "medical plan" and discuss with your family so that everyone is aware of what to do in advance.
• Early on, meet with a local doctor that you trust to help you to plan as well as someone who would be available in a crisis.