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What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

The Ghanaians often burn trash and the air can smell like manure depending on the way the wind is blowing. If you have strong allergies, think twice before coming here. - Aug 4, 2017
Dood when no one is burning trash, which is rare. December-January is dusty season and the Sahara sands blow in and cover everything. - Apr 6, 2017
It is good though the seasonal Harmattan (December- March) can exacerbate breathing problems. That being said, I am asthmatic and found it manageable. - Aug 11, 2016
They constantly burn trash here and the smell of urine is everywhere. Harmattan season is especially bad. Expect to have respiratory issues. If you have asthma, bring several inhalers with you. - May 4, 2014
Burning trash is a constant, the smell of the open sewers can be stunning. The cars have no emissions controls and getting behind the wrong taxi or tro-tro can cause serious lung damage. The best air is at the beach or in the hills, far from Accra. Do not come here if you have respiratory ailments. - Apr 24, 2012
moderate - they burn trash quite often - Aug 9, 2011
Good except for during Harmatan when it is unhealthy. - Jun 11, 2011
If you have asthma, you will have problems here on a regular basis - especially during the Hamattan season. Sometimes it is hard to tell if your neighbor is burning tires or smoking weed, honestly. Burning trash is common, although it is not as bad in Accra in the Cantonments area and Labone where a lot of expats live as it is in local areas. - Feb 24, 2010
OK except during dusty season. - Feb 5, 2010