Life Solomon Islands

Dan go lo clinic first time

July 10, 2017

Since leaving New Zealand, I’ve been unwell.

I got off the plane with a splitting headache and still had it six days later. Real cool impression for the first day on the job.

Today marks my first (kind of, minus being born here) visit to a clinic in the Solomon Islands. The clinics that are often recommended, is the clinic in Chinatown, there is one in Hyundai Mall, and one at Panatina.

Thinking it was a souvenir that I brought back from Fiji, I went to a clinic and spent SBD 200 on a dengue test. Malaria and dengue are rampant here so there are a number of places in Honiara you can pop in for a quick test.

The clinics here seem ok although pretty steep for the locals. There were some doubts when the nurse tied a rubber glove around my bicep as a tourniquet, but it worked a treat and she was able to find a vein to poke. Results came back negative. (In saying that, these quick tests are not always correct. If you really think it’s wrong, take another test).

Instead, I’ve been diagnosed with sinusitis and prescribed what looks like a pack of skittles for SBD 20.

I’ll live to see another day in the Hapi Isles!