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Orion and Sirius Unite

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

Union is cemented by matrimonial union of Anu and Orion Queen  

The name Anu means “One who is of Heaven” or simply “The Heavenly One”. It is important, though, that we  bear in mind that in antiquity, the term Heaven was not overloaded with the ethereal connotations  it is in our day. It did not fundamentally mean the spiritual place we’re  supposed  to go to after we die: that was a secondary concept. Heaven in antiquity  largely  referred to the Sirius and Orion star systems, these being the places  where the “gods”, the scientifically and technologically advanced Anunnaki,  originated.

Heaven was the place not of  spiritual gods but of flesh-and-blood gods. In fact, it was not to Heaven the ancients looked forward to go when they died. Rather, they wished to join their ancestors in a subterranean world right here on Earth. Although they said their gods (the Anunnaki) came from Heaven, they themselves were of the belief they  came from the underworld and it was there they were to return upon their demise.  It was the advent of religion, a Anunnaki  blindfold, that propagandised the focus on the

When they directly ruled Earth, the Anunnaki were passed off as gods by primitive mankind owing to the seemingly supernatural  things they did, such as flying aircraft,  and their extraordinary longevity, both of which seemed like miracles to our forbearers. The planet Nibiru was also considered to be Heaven in that every time the Sirian King Anu came to visit Earth, he came by way of Nibiru, which is a virtual global spaceship. The Anunnaki actually used to promise mankind that if they were tame and obedient, they would be taken to Nibiru physically or proceed there after they died and not to the underworld, which was now span as an infernal known as Hell. Those who were physically taken to Nibiru at one time or the other included Adam, Enoch, Jacob, and Elijah. Enoch went there twice and never returned after his  second foray. Elijah is actually being awaited by the Jews even as we speak.    

OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN

Anu was the “Our Father Who art in Heaven” in what is called “The Lord’s Prayer”. (It was not Jesus’s prayer though; it was put in his mouth by the gospel writers. The prayer was lifted straight from what ancient Egyptians called “The Maxims of Anu”, precepts which are preserved on a papyrus archived in a Cairo museum.) He was the third ruler of Sirius under male rule and the 22nd  overarching ruler of Nibiru. Initially, Anu had one senior wife (Antu) and five concubines, who had their own quarters in a wing of the palace called the House of Concubines.  He would over time sire over 80 children.

Anu’s Cabinet is said to have included the following: Chief Chamberlain; three Commanders in charge of the Rocket ships; two Commanders of the Weapons; a Minister of the Purse; two Chief Justices; two Masters of Written Knowledge; two Chief Scribes; and five Assistant Scribes. Defence and “Star Wars” seemed to be of paramount importance: of the 11-man Cabinet (excluding the 7 scribes) five were military men! The palace itself, which was located in what was called the “Pure Place”,  was protected by two awesome weapon systems, overseen by two princes going by the titles Commanders of the Weapons.

Besides a Cabinet setup, there was a Council of Counsellors (Advisors) as well as what the Sumerians called an “Assembly of the Gods”. This was a form of Kgotla forum at which it was mandatory for everybody present – hundreds of people from all walks of life – to voice a view.  It was held in the Throne Room of the palace and was meant to mobilise opinion from the common herd.  

When Anu came to power in Sirius, he appointed his eldest son by Antu as ruler of Nibiru. The name of this son was AN-EN, meaning  “Crown Prince”.  His titular name, however, was ENE-EL-ILE, which meant “Lord of Abundant Clarity”. This was the title given to the commander of exploratory space flights as well as the international space station. In Sumerian,   ENE-EL-ILE was abbreviated to ENLIL. Enlil, who when he later administered planet Earth was also known as Jehovah or Yahweh,   had served in the global air force as well as star ship pilot and was highly esteemed as a disciplined and  efficient administrator. However, Enlil was not  allowed to rule Nibiru as King: he was to do so only as Viceroy, that is, Nibiru’s ruler on behalf of Anu.

Entrusting rule of Nibiru to Enlil was both strategic and precautionary on the part of Anu. It was strategic because Enlil  was his own flesh and blood.  It was precautionary because being so far afield, it would be difficult for Enlil  to plot the ouster of his father as was commonplace those days.  

TWO GREAT ROYALS TIE KNOT

When Anu became King of Sirius, his foremost aim was to declare autonomy from the Orion Queen, to whom the Sirius star system was subordinate. Anu was incensed that the Orion Queen had, so he suspected,  allowed Alalu  to get away scotfree with his cleverly contrived riddance of his grandfather Anan. He therefore reasoned that  if the Queen could brook such a crime against his iconic grandfather, she could also condone its repeat against him  by elements within the Sirian armed forces who remained loyal to Alalu.

Now, the Queen’s intelligence apparatus pervaded both the military and civil society of Sirius. So it wasn’t long before she got wind of what Anu was contemplating. The Queen had cause to be anxious about Anu’s machinations. For starters, Sirius had made great headway in military might. In fact, the technology of Sirius now surpassed even that of Orion. Second, Reptilians of the Draco star system had set up their own colony in the planetary system of Betelgeuse, a prominent star in Orion. These Reptilians were initially  mercenaries King Anan had hired when he rebelled against Queen Uraki II. Their founding of their own world in Betelgeuse was part of the peace settlement between the two warring parties of the Wolfen World at the ascendancy of King Anan.  

The Queen was concerned that if Anu went ahead to declare independence from Orion  and the Orion army pounced, the Betelgeuse Reptilians would come to the aid of Anu and the war would be long and protracted, with untold numbers of casualties  on either side. Moreover, it was possible that Anu could win the war, with the result that Orion would lose control of the prestigious and phenomenally lucrative 9th Passageway.   

In order to forestall such a scenario, the Queen came up with a well-thought-through plan. Anu and herself should come together in marriage, so that there would be only one King and one Queen of the conjoined Syrian and Orion Empires. Both Anu  and the Orion Queen were relatively young and were of the same generation although the Queen was slightly older: both had succeeded to the throne at roughly the same time. The matrimonial union, therefore, would  not be reprehensibly out of kilter.     

Soon, royal advisers from both sides met and it  was out of their deliberations that the marriage was broached. When the proposition was tabled before Anu, he endorsed it wholeheartedly without realising that it was actually initiated by the Queen. For some time after Anu popped the question, the Queen even was cunning enough to play hard to get before she finally said yes. It was a very easy decision on her part since the Orion Queen never married: she was only sexually serviced by a harem of men known as the KHARIM. Anu, on the other hand,  had his great   wife Antu  to contend with. If he married the Orion Queen, it meant Antu would have to take second place. Moreover, it also meant that Antu’s firstborn son, Enlil, would  in all likelihood no longer be heir: he would be supplanted by the firstborn son of the Orion Queen.

But since Anu was King, there was no way the wishes of Antu would stand in his way, nor the feelings of his heir Enlil. To cut a long story short, King Anu and Queen Ma of Orion had two weddings, one on the SSS Word in Orion and another on the Wolfen World in Sirius. It was the most topical wedding in the already advanced and attuned worlds of the Milky Way Galaxy, attended by dignitaries from every major, friendly star system and all the colonised or subsidiary  planets. The Sirian King retained his title as Anu, whereas  the Orion Queen chose the official  title of EKE (also rendered  “EGE”  or “IGI”, meaning “Creatrix”), abbreviated as KI. In the subsidiary worlds such ours, however, she was primarily addressed as KE-EA, meaning  “Divine Creatrix”, also rendred as GA-EA or GA-IA, the famous “mythological” goddess of Earth during a certain era. She was also referred to as Antu since it somewhat rhymed with Anu.

The union of the two mega monarchs  explains why Orion and Sirius have been the  most famous star systems in the history of Earth in the last 500,000 years, with major landmarks (such as the Egyptian pyramids, for instance), astronomically aligned, primarily, with Mintaka, the throne world of Orion, and Sirius A.  

ENKI APPEARS ON THE SCENE

The Orion Queen’s oldest son went by the  princely title EA, also rendered AJA, AYA, or EJE. Ea originally meant “Diving Being”. In Sumerian times (about 6000 years ago), however, it would come to mean “He whose house is water”. This latter meaning had two connotations in the main. The first referred to fish (the emblem of the astrological Age of Pisces which was associated with Ea), as indeed fish reside in a body of water. The second had to do with space. The ancients referred to space as the “Ocean of the Khaa”. Khaa was a euphemism for the SSS beings, the people of Orion. It was a fitting name for space as the Orion Queen controlled the 9th Passageway, the principal galactic trade route .  

Ea’s other title was ENE-EKE, meaning “Creator Prince”. ENE–EKE would over time be abbreviated as ENKI (or EN-GI).  Ea was called Enki because he was at once the son of  the Orion Queen and the SSS world’s master geneticist. As a geneticist, he was a virtual creator since he could mix the genes of several species to create a new species or simply tinker with the genome to get rid of certain traits and bring up new ones.   It is in fact acknowledged throughout our galaxy that the SSS race, also known as the serpent race,  are the best geneticists there are.

Now, in case you have forgotten what we said about the SSS people, we did underline the fact that they reproduced both sexually and asexually (without fertilisation by male gametes). This phenomenon was a carryover from their initial evolutional background as Khebs – a dragonfly-bee. We all know that bees produce either sexually or asexually.  In the case of sexual reproduction, the resulting offspring is always a female. In the case of asexual reproduction, the result is always a male. The SSS people continued to reproduce that way even as humanoids,  such that in the case of the Queen, all the princess were born through sexual reproduction and all the princes were born by way of asexual reproduction. As such, Enki had no father at all: only a mother. Where have we heard that before? In the Jesus story of course.  

On the SSS World, princes did not succeed to the throne, being a predominantly matrilineal society. Only princesses did. Orion didn’t have kings at all. As such, Enki was not destined to rule.  He would always be secondary to his sisters.

ENLIL LEAPFROGS ENKI

The marriage of King Anu and the Orion Queen was largely ceremonial. Whilst it would be consummated, it was not meant to produce new offspring. The reasons this was the case are not clear in the cosmic chronicles. The question that thus arose was, who would succeed to the joint throne once both the King and Queen passed on?

Male chauvinism seems to have rode roughshod over female assertion. There were two senior princes at the time. These were Enlil, Anu’s firstborn son, and Enki, the Queen’s firstborn son. Enki was slightly older than Enlil, but it was agreed that Enlil should be the anointed heir since he was of male  parentage. But the third in  line to the throne would not be Enlil’s son: it would be Enki’s son. That was how rulership of the joint     Sirius and Orion kingdom would alternate.

Enlil was excited by the development, whereas Enki was wroth. He just couldn’t understand why his mother had compromised to the extent she did when Orion had been historically  the mightier empire. His diminution in rank would continue to bubble in him throughout his life.

It was also decided that in order to further consolidate relations between Sirius and Orion, Enlil should marry one of the  Queen’s daughters who was still single at the time. Outwardly, Enlil agreed but he said he would only marry at a much later date since he was presently too busy running  the affairs of Nibiru. What he kept to himself  was the fact that he believed in racial purity: under no circumstances was he going to mix Sirian blood with a woman from a serpentine race, people he looked down upon.  In point of fact, the lady he had set his sights on was his half-sister Ninmah, who he was already courting but who was still too young to wed.

Anu, however, had decided that Ninmah should marry Enki and Enki was agreeable to that. Meanwhile, Enki  was given the green light to take an already grown woman before Ninmah. Her name was Damkina. Damkina was the daughter of the fugitive Alalu. The Queen had decided that Alalu should be made to feel still very much part of Anunnaki royalty even if he had been ousted so that he could do his best to still continue working in the best interests of the empire wherever he was.

Operationwise though, Enki too was to be based on planet Nibiru to assist Enlil in its administration in light of his  legendary wisdom and brilliance. In every setting, Enki distinguished himself as of exceptional genius. There was nothing that he didn’t know, hence his other nickname as the “Knower of Everything”. He was a brilliant engineer, a brilliant geneticist, a brilliant physician, a brilliant physicist, a brilliant architect, a brilliant teacher-philosopher. But he had one major weakness: he was a serial philanderer.  Enlil on the other had was very morally upstanding.     

It says a lot about Anu’s political tact that the most senior princes were stationed well away from a place where it would be comparatively easier for any of the two to seize  power. Paranoia was an integral trait of the reigning monarch in Sirius those days. Moreover, since Enki and Enlil would naturally not get along, the temptation for Enlil  to break away from the Sirian and Orion Empire would be automatically checked by Enki. Thus a disgruntled Enki was more of an asset than a liability to Anu.

NEXT WEEK: THE SAGA OF ALALU

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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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