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Keta

Keta is located in the Volta Region of Ghana. It is the capital of Keta Municipality and home to over 200,000 people. The district lies 160km to the east of Accra, Ghana's capital city and off the main Accra - Aflao road to the Republic of Togo. About 30% of Keta's surface area is covered by water, the largest body being Keta Lagoon.

Keta is divided into 4 health sub-districts. Public health service is provided by the government through the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service. Religious organizations like the Christian Health Association of Ghana also operates a Catholic sub district hospital at Abor Weme. There is an E.P. Church health centre at Hatorgodo. There are also some private facilities. In all, 23 health facilities in the municipality.


Health Status

  1. 1. 'Too many maternal deaths' is captured in the Keta Municipal Health Directorate 2011 Annual Report (pg 71), sub-titled Challenges from 2010.
  2. 2. Currently, there are 2 medical doctors serving the municipality of over 200,00 people.
  3. 3. The hospital does not have a functioning blood bank, an essential component of an efficient health care service and critical during emergencies. Keta Municipal Hospital lacks a ventilator and other basic medical equipment.
  4. 4. In 2011, 7 doctors were posted by the Ghana Health Service to the Volta Region. None reported. In 2012, 11 doctors were posted. None turned up. The doctor-population ratio for Keta is 1:29,928. The hospital bed-population ratio is 1:748.