Public Services in Accra

Emergency services in Accra

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Public emergency numbers:

  • For police, call 191
  • For fire, call 192/999
  • For ambulance, call 193

You can look up more localized emergency and non-emergency numbers once you know where you are living.

It is also possible to become a member with a private emergency network. For a fee, you can expect faster service than you might receive with public services.

You can find more information on this in the section on "Healthcare".


Accra is a relatively safe city; however, it is important to remain aware and cautious of certain situations. The following are general rules that aid in overall safety in the city.

  • Do not leave any valuables unattended or easily visible.
  • Avoid large crowds and political protests.
  • Be cautious when driving on the roads. Motor vehicle accidents are common occurrences here. Be cautious about what forms of public transportation you take.
  • Practice safe sex and avoid any unclean needles, since HIV rates are high in Ghana.
  • Avoid traveling alone at night, especially in more remote areas.
  • Be cautious in unfamiliar surroundings. Ask for local advice on safety and security.

Natural Precautions

When living in Accra, it is smart to exercise the following general precautions

  • Drink either bottled or purified water (boiled or with tablets). Avoid drinking tap water and avoid ice cubes.
  • Be cautious about buying food off the street. Be especially cautious about meat and dairy.
  • Take precautions against mosquito bites (mosquito nets, long sleeves, repellent) in order to reduce your risk of malaria and dengue fever.
  • Consult with a doctor prior to departing for Ghana to ensure your recommended vaccinations are up to date
  • Be aware of strong ocean currents. Check with locals before swimming.

Update 11/05/2015

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