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Smart Sumerians

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

The iron-clad secrecy that is planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X,  is such that any matter-of-fact mention of it by career astronomers could entail dismissal at best or tactical riddance from the face of the Earth at worst!  

Take the case of Robert Harrington, once Chief Astronomer of the US Naval Observatory. Harrington had been assigned charge of the search for Planet X, which quest he launched with colleague Thomas Van Flandern in 1979. In 1990, Harrington took his 8-inch telescope to Black Birch, New Zealand, which is said to be “one of the few viewing points on Earth optimal for sighting Planet X”.  There, Harrington came up with a veritable deduction of the existence of Nibiru. On August 30 1990, Harrington invited Zechariah Sitchin, the most accomplished chronicler of the saga of the Anunnaki, to his office at the NASA complex and on camera (you can watch snippets of the interview on the Internet or purchase the full version on Amazon.com at $18) revealed the following to Sitchin:
That a planet at least 4 times the size of Earth was heading toward Earth;
That the planet had an atmosphere and it was habitable.

Harrington even drew a sketch of the planet’s orbit  and much to Sitchin’s glee, the sketch was identical to the one Sitchin had postulated regarding Nibiru in his books dating back to his very first, The 12th Planet, which was published in 1976!  

Harrington’s interview with Sitchin was not meant for public consumption yet, for Harrington intended to make public his findings in the fullness of time (Sitchin only availed the interview to the public in 2005). But NASA’s head honchos, when they heard about the interview, were indignant. The price came on January 23 1993, when Harrington died of “oesophageal cancer” after what was described as a “short but determined battle”. The illness was sudden and short-lived: his last medical check-up had given him the all-clear.

“It is extremely unlikely that a man would contract cancer and die within a matter of days, suffering the sudden impact of pain and debilitation characteristic of rapid onset cancer, while miraculously travelling on a physically demanding expedition and performing intensive astronomical operations,” one obituary lashed out.  

Following the curious death of his colleague, Flandern developed cold feet: he decided his life was far more precious than a principled but perilous stand on the existence of Nibiru. He suddenly became tight-lipped  in what was suspected as a self-imposed gag order. When he came out of his cocoon, it was in 1999 and he had, as expected, “sanitised” his position on our tenth major celestial body. This is what he told Meta Research Bulletin in September 1999:

"Three more trans-Neptunian objects confirm the presence of a second asteroid belt in the region beyond Neptune. This probably indicates that the hypothetical Planet X is now an asteroid rather than an intact planet."

Now, that was some U-turn, which was all the more amazing given that NASA itself had in the same year of Harrington’s death issued this statement: “Unexplained deviations in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune point to a large outer Solar System body of 4 to 8 earth masses on a highly tilted orbit, beyond 7 billion miles (about 11 billion kilometres) from the Sun.”  

DISCOVERIES ARE REDISCOVERIES

Throughout his long life, Zechariah Sitchin never tired of  pointing modern astronomers and rocket scientists to the Sumerian tablets and cylinder seals, which were in plain display in the world’s leading museums. He kept saying that the day NASA and its ilk ceased regarding the Sumerian records as mere myths, they would make a giant leap forward in understanding both the origins of mankind and the saga of the Solar System.  And because NASA was notorious for paying a stubborn, deaf ear to Sitchin, he always had the last laugh.

In 1977, NASA sent a unmanned aircraft named Voyager 2 towards Jupiter and other outer planets. In August 1989, Voyager 2 flew by Neptune and beamed back tantalising pictures of the beautiful planet, which pictures had people riveted to their television sets. In their running commentaries, astronomers said this was the first time mankind had gotten an intimate knowledge of the planet, which was “discovered” in 1846. Sitchin  took very strong exception.    In June 1989, two months before Voyager 2 entered the Neptune orbit, Sitchin had written articles for several US, European and  South American periodicals. In them, he argued that Neptune was not first seen  by mankind in 1846. “Neptune was known in antiquity,” Sitchin wrote, “and the discoveries that Voyager 2 will make will only confirm ancient knowledge.”  

Sitchin averred that Voyager 2 was going to show that “Neptune is blue-green, watery, and has patches the colour of swamp-like vegetation”.  Indeed, when Voyager 2’s pictures were relayed in August, they perfectly dovetailed with Sitchin’s prediction: Neptune was indeed blue-green; was made in great part of water; and did have patches whose colouration looked like swamp-like vegetation!  Why was Sitchin so doubly sure of what he said? “It is all there in the Sumerian tablets of 6,000 years ago,” he said with a huge smile on what  was ordinarily a mirthless face.  And this was not the first or last time that Sitchin had been proved correct courtesy of the Sumerians of old.

In January 1986, the spacecraft Voyager 2  flew by the planet Uranus. It found that the planet was greenish blue – or bright greenish – in  colour. That was exactly the way the Sumerians, without telescopes, had described it. The Sumerians called the planet Uranus MASHSIG, which means “bright greenish”. This characteristic Sitchin had already recorded in The Twelfth Planet – ten years before Voyager 2 photographed Uranus!  What did this all mean? “It meant,” said Sitchin, “that in 1986, modern science did not discover what had been unknown; rather, it rediscovered and caught up with ancient knowledge. It was therefore because of that 1986 corroboration of my 1976 writings and thus of the veracity of the Sumerian texts that I felt confident enough to predict on the eve of the Voyager 2 encounter with Neptune what it would discover.”   

In the Sumerian texts, Uranus was also described as KAKKAB SHANAMMA, meaning “Planet Which Is The Double” of Neptune. In other words, the Sumerians saw Uranus as basically the twin, in terms of features and characteristics, of Neptune. Has modern science confirmed that? Very much so. Writes Sitchin: “Uranus is indeed a look-alike of Neptune in size, colour, and watery content: both planets are encircled by rings and orbited by a multitude of moons … Both have an unusually extreme inclination relative to the planets’ axes of rotation – 58 degrees on Uranus, 50 degrees on Neptune … Neptune’s temperatures are similar to those of Uranus, which is more than a billion miles (1.6 billion kilometres) closer to the Sun.”  The two planets also have almost the same day-lengths: sixteen hours for Uranus and seventeen hours for Neptune.

“Planet which is of the double,” said the Sumerians of Uranus in relation to Neptune. “… size and other characteristics that make Uranus a near twin of Neptune”, announced NASA scientists. The two statements were exactly the same but were made 6,000 years apart even though the second one was touted as a “discovery”.  “In the case of these two planets, it seems that modern science has only caught up with ancient knowledge,” reiterated Sitchin.   Sadly, our big-brained rocket scientists would never bring themselves to admit that the people of 6,000 years ago had a headstart over them in this kind of knowledge.   But just who were the Sumerians, the people who had such seamless knowledge of the cosmos that modern science is only beginning to grasp?

THE “GODS” CALLED DINGIR

GENESIS 10:10: And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh in the land of Shinar.   GENESIS 11:2:  And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there …

Shinar (Sinar in Hebrew) is the Old Testament term for Sumer. Sumer is the English corruption of  “Shumer”. Shumer is an Akkadian term, Akkadian being the parent language of Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people. Shumer means “Land of the Bright Ones”; “Land of the Shining Ones”; “Land of the Pure Ones“; “Land of the Guardians”; or “Land of the Watchers”. In other words, Sumer was the land of light-skinned, phosphorescent beings – “Lords of Brightness” – who watched over and safeguarded … well, who?      

The Sumerians did not call their land Shumer. They called it KIENGIR, which means “Land of the Lords of the Blazing Rockets”. The Sumerians referred to themselves as UGSAGGIGGA, meaning   "The Black-Headed People". This way, they distinguished themselves from people they called the DINGIR, or the “Righteous Ones Of The Rockets”. These DINGIR were very light-skinned, almost albino-like; blue-eyed in the main; and predominantly blonde-haired. The Sumerians regarded and actually deferred to these people as their “gods”. They revered and worshipped the DINGIR. Why?

According to the Sumerian records – on clay tablets and cylinder seals that are awash in the world’s leading museums – the DINGIR were the first inhabitants of Sumer, predating the Sumerians by several hundred-thousands of years. These DINGIR were acknowledged by Sumerians and other Earthlings before them as the creators of mankind: the DINGIR themselves were said to have come from another planet, the twelfth member of the Solar System called Nibiru, hence the Sumerians’ reference to Nibiru as “The Planet of the Gods”(In truth; this was their secondary place of origin. Their real origin was the Orion and Sirius star systems.)  The DINGIR seemed immortal: they never died.

They did age all right, though imperceptibly slowly, but they just could not die: no one remembered a death of any one of them though history did record their death but only by violence. The DINGIR were by far physically bigger than ordinary mankind. They were at least a third taller and averaged about 12 feet (archaeologists have unearthed skeletons of ancient people measuring up to 15 feet in height). The DINGIR were capable of extraordinary, actually miraculous feats in the eyes of ordinary mankind. They possessed things that could perform wonders – produce light, kill people en masse, fly like a bird in the sky, etc. The things that flew like a bird (and in which the DINGIR rode) the Sumerians depicted, in their pictographic inscriptions, like a modern-day rocket! No  wonder they referred to these wondrous beings as Lords of the Blazing Rockets.

The Sumerians lived with and under their gods – physical, flesh-and-blood gods, not imaginary, faith-based ones. They served and worshipped these gods, particularly the preeminent ones (called Patron Gods or Goddesses), in their residences. The residences of the gods were called ziggurats, the pyramid-like temples of those days. The gods lived in these temples, where the Sumerians came to worship them, pay homage, tender gifts, and make animal and human sacrifices to them. In turn, the gods pledged to watch over and safeguard their “people” – pronounce blessings over their lives and land and (naturally, not supernaturally) help them defeat or ward off their enemies in war through the use of sophisticated weaponry, which Sumerians deemed magical or miraculous. But when the people seriously transgressed, the gods punished them accordingly, such as abandoning them to be taken into slavery or captivity by their enemies (as when Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was allowed to take the Jews into captivity by their god Yahweh in 587 BC).    
     
HEAVEN WAS PHYSICAL

The DINGIR  were believed to have come from “Heaven”. The commonplace term for the DINGIR  was Anunnaki, meaning “Those Who From Heaven To Earth Came” as per popular interpretation though there is another, much more spot-on meaning we  shall go into at a later stage.  The Bible refers to the DINGIR  as the Elohim, the Nephilim, or the Anakim.  The Anunnaki, folks, were the creators of mankind.  (Even the Bible, when it is read objectively – especially in its Hebrew original and not in doctored, vested-interest English translations that almost render it fictitious – clearly demonstrate so.)    

We did mention at one stage that to the ancients,  Heaven was not a spiritual realm of existence where the First Source dwells, the way it is understood in modern-day religion. To the ancients, Heaven was the home of the Mother Goddess primarily. The Mother Goddess, again, was not a spiritual being: she was the Queen of Orion, the most powerful sovereign in the Peshmeten, the 9th Sector of the Shagari stars (that is, the Orion star system together with its subject worlds in neighbouring star systems).    Orion was actually Ori-An, with Ori simply meaning “Holy” or “Master Race” and “An” meaning “Heaven”. An was also a title of the Orion Queen. Thus Orion was the abode of the Holy Goddess.

In due course, when the Sirius star system became the companion empire to Orion as opposed to a subsidiary empire, which it was before (a subject we shall explore at an appropriate time), and was now ruled by Kings instead of Queens, the Kings of Sirius also adopted the same title An, or Anu.  Consequently, Sirius also came to be known as Heaven, with its King being referred to as the Supreme God. In Sumerian times, the Orion Queen was actually only minimally directly adored: it was the Siriun King,   Anu, who was worshipped either directly or through proxies – his offspring who were now directly ruling Earth.  The Orion Queen was not completely discarded: she too was venerated but through her offspring too. Just who these were we will dwell upon very soon.

Anu was also by extension the King of planet Nibiru. Although he was based in the Sirius star system, he did spend a great deal of time on Nibiru. Much of  the political dynamics Zechariah Sitchin relates in his books  in connection with Nibiru actually took place in Sirius, something he was aware of but deliberately swept under the rug or of which  he was simply ignorant.

On the rare occasions that Anu came to Earth on a state visit, he came not directly from Sirius but via Nibiru.  As such, the ancients referred to Nibiru as “The Lord”, amongst other names. This denoted, first and foremost,  that Nibiru was the seat of the god Anu. Secondly, it exalted Nibiru as the most prominent planet of the Solar System.  In the event, Nibiru too became known as Heaven, which simply meant the abode of the god Anu.

NEXT WEEK:  HOW THE SOLAR SYSTEM WAS FORMED
 

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Appendicitis: Recognising the Signs

29th March 2022

Many a times I get clients casually walking into my room and requesting to be checked for “appendix”.  Few questions down the line, it is clear they are unaware of where the appendix is or what to expect when one does have it (appendicitis). Jokingly (or maybe not) I would tell them they would possibly not be having appendicitis and laughing as hard as they are doing. On the other hand, I would be impressed that at least they know and acknowledge that appendicitis is a serious thing that they should be worried about.

So, what is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix; a thin, finger-like pouch attached to the large intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen. Often the inflammation can be as a result of blockage either by the faecal matter, a foreign body, infection, trauma or a tumour. Appendicitis is generally acute, with symptoms coming on over the course of a day and becoming severe rapidly. Chronic appendicitis can also occur, though rarely. In chronic cases, symptoms are less severe and can last for days, weeks, or even months. 

Acute appendicitis is a medical emergency that almost always ends up in the operating theatre. Though the appendix is locally referred to as “lela la sukiri”, no one knows its exact role and it definitely does not have anything to do with sugar metabolism. Appendicitis can strike at any age, but it is mostly common from the teen years to the 30s.

Signs to look out for

If you have any of the following symptoms, go and see a Doctor immediately! Timely diagnosis and treatment are vital in acute appendicitis;

Sudden pain that starts around the navel and shifts to the lower right abdomen within hours

The pain becomes constant and increases in severity (or comes back despite painkillers)

The pain worsens on coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking or deep breaths

Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting

Fever

Constipation or diarrhoea

Abdominal bloating/fullness

Diagnosis

The doctor often asks questions regarding the symptoms and the patient’s medical history. This will be followed up by a physical examination in which the Doctor presses on the abdomen to check for any tenderness, and the location of the pain. With acute appendicitis, pressing on and letting go of the right lower abdomen usually elicits an excruciatingly unbearable pain. Several tests may be ordered to determine especially the severity of the illness and to rule out other causes of abdominal pain. The tests may conditions include: blood tests, a pregnancy test, urinalysis, abdominal  “How do ultrasound scans work?” ultrasound (scan), CT scan or MRI Scan.

Treatment

The gold standard treatment of acute appendicitis is surgical removal of the appendix known as appendectomy. Luckily, a person can live just fine without an appendix! Surgical options include laparoscopy or open surgery and the type will be decided on by the Surgeon after assessing the patient’s condition. Painkillers and antibiotics are also given intravenously usually before, during and after the surgery.

Complications

Appendicitis can cause serious complications such as;

Appendicular mass/abscessIf the appendix is inflamed or bursts, one may develop a pocket of pus around it known as an abscess. In most cases, the abscess will be treated with antibiotics and drained first by placing a tube through one’s abdominal wall into the abscess. The tube may be left in place for a few hours or days while the infection is clearing up but ultimately one would still have surgery to remove the appendix.

Peritonitis – without treatment, the appendix can rupture/burst. The risk of this rises 48–72 hours after symptoms start. A ruptured appendix spreads the infection throughout the abdomen (peritonitis). This is life threatening and requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean the abdominal cavity.

Death – The complications of appendicitis (and appendectomy) can be life threatening, only if the diagnosis has been missed and no proper treatment has been given on time. This is rare though with the evolved medical care.

If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email  HYPERLINK “mailto:info@themedicscentre.co.bw” info@themedicscentre.co.bw or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw

Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.

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A degree of common sense

7th February 2022

Here’s a news item from last month you may have missed. In December 2021 the University of Staffordshire announced it would be offered a degree course in pantomime! Yes, that’s right, a degree in popular festive entertainment, the Christmas panto.

We used to have one here, put on by the Capitol Players, though it seems to have fallen away in recent times, but the spectacle is still alive and well in the UK, both in local ad-dram (amateur dramatic ) societies and on the London stage and most of the major cities, these latter productions usually featuring at least one big-draw name from the world of show business with ticket prices commensurate with the star’s salary.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the pantomime format, it consists of a raucous mixture of songs and comedy all based around a well-known fairy or folk tale. Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Cinderella, Jack & The Beanstalk & Dick Whittington are perennial favourites but any well-known tall tale goes. There is no set script, unlike a play, and storyline is just a peg to hang a coat of contemporary, often bawdy, gags on, in what should be a rollicking production of cross dressing – there has to be at least one pantomime dame, played by a man and always a figure of fun, and a Principal Boy, ostensibly the male lead, yet played by an attractive young woman.

As an art form it can trace its roots back to 16th century Italy and the Commedia Del’Arte which used a mélange of music, dance, acrobatics along with a cast of comic stock characters so it has a long and proud theatrical tradition but you have to wonder, does that really qualify it as a suitable subject for a university? Further, what use might any degree be that can be acquired in a single year? And last but not least, how much standing does any degree have which comes from a jumped-up polytechnic, granted university status along with many of its ilk back in 1992, for reasons best known to the government of the time? Even more worrying are the stated aims of the course.

Staffordshire University claims it is a world first and the masters course is aimed at people working inside as well as outside the industry. Students on the course, due to start in September 2022, will get practical training in the art form as well as research the discipline.

“We want to see how far we can take this,” Associate Professor of Acting and Directing Robert Marsden said. The role of pantomime in the 21st Century was also going to be examined, he said, “particularly post Me Too and Black Lives Matter”. Questions including “how do we address the gender issues, how do we tell the story of Aladdin in 2021, how do we get that balance of male/female roles?” will be asked, Prof Marsden added.

Eek! Sounds like Prof. Marsden wants to rob it of both its history and its comedic aspects – well, good luck with that! Of course that isn’t the only bizarre, obscure and frankly time and money-wasting degree course available. Staying with the performing arts there’s Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance at Bath Spa University. Sounds like fun but why on earth would a circus performer need a university degree?

Or how about a Surf Science and Technology degree at Cornwall College (part of the University of Plymouth). Where the one thing you don’t learn is….how to surf!

Then there is a  degree in Floral Design at University Centre Myerscough. No, I hadn’t heard of it either – turns out it’s a college of further education in Preston, a town that in my experience fits the old joke of ‘I went there once…..It was closed’ to a ‘T’!

Another handy (pun intended) art is that of Hand Embroidery BA (Hons), offered at the University for the Creative Arts. Or you could waste away sorry, while away, your time on a course in Animal Behaviour and Psychology. This degree at the University of Chester teaches you about the way animals think and feel. Cockroaches have personalities according to the subject specs– you couldn’t make it up.

Happily all these educational institutes may have to look to their laurels and try to justify their very existence in the near future. In plans announced this week, universities could face fines of up to £500,000 (P750m), be stripped of their right to take student loans or effectively shut down if they cannot get 60 per cent of students into a professional job under a crackdown on ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses. Further, at least 80 per cent of students should not drop out after the first year, and 75 per cent should graduate.

The rules, published by the Office for Students (OfS), aim to eliminate ‘low-quality’ courses by setting new standards & requiring courses to improve their rating in the TEF, the official universities ratings system. Universities not meeting the new standards will not be able to charge full annual fees of £9,250. Unconventional courses that could fall victim to the new rules could include the University of Sunderland’s BA in Fashion Journalism, where students learn essential’ skills such as catwalk reporting and the history of Chanel.  They have only a 40 per cent chance of entering highly skilled work 15 months after leaving.

At University College Birmingham, BSC Bakery and Patisserie Technology students – who learn how to ‘make artisan bread’ – have a 15 per cent chance of a professional job within 15 months. Universities minister Michelle Donelan welcomed the move, saying ‘When students go to university, they do so in the pursuit of a life-changing education, one which helps pave their path towards a highly skilled career. Any university that fails to match this ambition must be held to account.’

OfS found that at 25 universities, fewer than half of students find professional work within 15 months.  Business and management courses at the University of Bedfordshire (14.8 per cent) were among the least likely to lead to graduate-level jobs.  Asked to comment, the University of Sunderland said it always looked ‘to find ways to improve outcomes’; University College Birmingham said data on graduates and definition of ‘professional work’ was limited. I’ll bet it is! As the saying goes, ’what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over’. What a pantomime!

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Why regular health checks are important!

7th February 2022

With the world still reeling from the negative impact of the Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), and the latest Omicron variant (which is responsible for the ongoing global forth wave) on everyone’s lips, we should not forget and neglect other aspects of our health.

While anyone can get infected with corona virus and become seriously ill or die at any age, studies continue to show that people aged 60 years and above, and those with underlying medical conditions like hypertension, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity, cancers, or mental illness are at a higher risk of developing serious illness or dying from covid-19.

It is a good habit to visit a doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy. Regular health checks can help identify any early signs of health issues or assess your risk of future illness hence prompting one to take charge and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and other non-communicable diseases (even communicable) can often be picked up in their early stages, when chances for effective treatment are high.

During a health check, your doctor will take a thorough history from you regarding your medical history, your family’s history of disease, your social life and habits, including your diet, physical activity, alcohol use, smoking and drug intake. S/he will examine you including measuring your weight, blood pressure, feeling your body organs and listening to your heart and lungs amongst the rest. Depending on the assessment, your doctor will notify you how often you need to have a health check. If you have a high risk of a particular health condition, your doctor may recommend more frequent health checks from an early age.

Diet – a healthy diet improves one’s general health and wellbeing. It is recommended that we have at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily. Physical activity – regular physical activity has significant health benefits on one’s body, mind & soul. It contributes to preventing and managing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances thinking, learning, and judgment skills and improves overall well-being. According to the world health organisation (WHO), people who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour of moderate physical activity at least four days in a week. Examples of moderate physical activity include brisk walking, gentle swimming and social tennis.

Weight – maintaining a healthy weight range helps in preventing long-term complications like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and arthritis. It is also vital for one’s mental wellbeing and keeping up with normal activities of daily living. Ask your doctor to check your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference annually. If you are at a higher risk, you should have your weight checked more frequently and a stern management plan in place.

Alcohol – as per WHO reports, alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. Healthy drinking entails taking no more than two standard drinks per drinking day with at least two alcohol-free days in a week.

Smoking –Nicotine contained in tobacco is highly addictive and tobacco use is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, many different types of cancer, and many other debilitating health conditions. Every year, at least a whopping 8 million people succumb from tobacco use worldwide. Tobacco can also be deadly for non-smokers through second-hand smoke exposure. It is not ‘fashionable’ if it is going to cost you and your loved ones lives! If you are currently smoking, talk to your doctor and get help in quitting as soon as possible to reduce the harm.

Blood pressure: Hypertension is a serious medical condition and can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. It is a major cause of premature death worldwide, with upwards of 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women – over a billion people – having the condition. Have your blood pressure checked annually if it is normal, you are aged under 40 and there is no family history of hypertension. You might need to have it checked more frequently if you are over 40, your blood pressure is on the high side, or you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack. Your doctor will be there to guide you.

Dental care – eating a low-sugar diet and cleaning and flossing the teeth regularly can reduce one’s risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Visit a dentist every six months for a dental examination and professional cleaning, or more frequently as per your dentist’s advice.
Blood tests – annual to five-yearly blood tests may be done to further assess or confirm risk of disease. These may include blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, kidney function, liver function, tumour markers, among other things. They may be done frequently if there is already an existing medical condition.

Cancer screening – various screening techniques can be done to detect different cancers in their early or pre-cancer stages. These include; skin inspections for any suspicious moles/spots, two-yearly mammograms for those at risk of developing breast cancer, Pap smear or the new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years, stool tests and colonoscopy (every five years) for those at most risk of bowel cancer, prostate cancer screening for those at risk (over 45 years of age, family history of cancers etc.). Discuss appropriate tests with your doctor.

Vaccinations – You should discuss with your doctor about the necessary routine immunisation, in particular; the Covid-19 vaccines, an annual flu shot, a five-yearly pneumococcal vaccine if you have never had one or you are immunocompromised and any other boosters that you might need.

If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email HYPERLINK “mailto:info@themedicscentre.co.bw” info@themedicscentre.co.bw or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw

Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.

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