Being responsible about your own health is indisputably important, especially if leading an intermittently irresponsible life in Kigali. A vital part of being responsible is testing yourself regularly. A yearly checkup is commendable. Don’t save getting tested till after you had unprotected intercourse in Lake Kivu while eating uncooked chicken and poking yourself with a used needle.
There are numerous clinics you can visit in Kigali, though for a quick result, I recommend visiting a private one. The following is what to expect when getting a test done:
- When arriving, someone will hand you a form to fill in and will take a payment for the doctor consultation. Usually this fee is about Rwf 15.000.
- Even on busy days, the doctor will see you in around 15 minutes. In their office, you’ll get to decide which tests to have. Anything from HIV/Aids to typhoid fever is available. The doctor will simply tick off a few boxes on a form, which you take back to the reception.
For a complete package involving various diseases (STDs, malaria, amoebas, etc.), expect to pay about Rwf 45.000.
For an additional measurement of your organ functions, cholesterol levels, blood type, and so on you’ll have to pay another Rwf 40.000.
- Again, you’ll wait a short while before being taken to a nurse who will take your blood. It’s all clean and proper, and not the least painful.
- After your blood has been sent to the lab, you’ll have to wait an hour to get the results. You can wait at the clinic or come back later.
- The doctor will go through the results with you in private, and explain everything. If you want, he/she will fill out a form (with an official stamp) that you can take with you.
That’s that. Quick, slightly painful, and easy!