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Alalu Heads For Earth

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

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Enki’s marriage to Damkina, a daughter of the deposed and self-exiled Alalu, did not sit well with Ninmah, King Anu’s seniormost daughter.  The matrimony meant Ninmah would be a subordinate wife instead of the principal one.  Since she could not bear to be second-best, Ninmah struck up an affair with her half-brother Enlil. Ninmah was aware a son with Enlil would not inherit the Sirian-Orion throne, but there was a consolation in the offing – the prestige of being Queen of Nibiru, a pre-eminent planet Enlil ruled on behalf of the Sirian-Orion monarch. Of course Ninmah would not be substantive queen considering that Enlil was a Viceroy as opposed to a King with full stripes, but that was secondary: in the eyes of the Nibiriuns, she would enjoy the status of a queen proper.    

Ninmah soon gained a reputation as the leading medical savant on the Wolfen World and as such, she travelled extensively to other planetary colonies to promulgate new breakthroughs in the field of medicine. Whilst she was based on Nibiru in the course of these peregrinations, she became pregnant by Enlil and had a son, NINURTA, or to be exact, NIN-URU-ATA, meaning “Lord of Destruction” (from nin [Lord], uru [to shred, tear], and ata [to kill]), a term that aptly captured the innate ferocity and fierceness of Sirians both as a people and as warriors. Both Enki and King Anu bristled at this development as it amounted to a flagrant breach of the royal fiat: King Anu had decreed that Ninmah was to marry Enki when she came of age. King Anu was so irate he cursed his daughter to lifelong celibacy. She was never to marry for as long as he was alive, which could amount to more than a million years in Earth time.     

Enki also soon had a son with Damkina. He was named MARDUK. This is actually OME-ORI-DA-EKE, meaning “Supreme Divine Spirit/Master” (from ome [divine], ori [spirit or master], da [supreme], and eke [holy]).  The underlying connotation of the name is sanctity. It suggested that the son was of sacred lineage. Of course the one individual who was synonymous with sanctity or righteousness evocatively was the Queen of Orion, Enki’s mother. To ensure that the symbolism was loud and clear, Enki had his son born not on Nibiru, where he was based, but in the prototypical “pure place” – on the SSS world in Orion, where his mother was based.  In the royal Sirian-Orion hierarchy, Marduk was senior to Ninurta as he was designated second only to Enlil as per the terms of the matrimonial union between King Anu and the Orion Queen.   

The wedlock between Anu and the Orion Queen had the effect that the Queen became a ceremonial monarch by and large. It was Anu who now ran the show, particularly in the broader Orion Empire. Anu had given Enlil and Enki to understand that he was going to rule Nibiru jointly with them: he himself would simply be first among a Trinity of Equals. He in effect declared a co-regnum – a joint rulership. Of course this was de facto rather than de jure as the constitution of Nibiru did not provide for such a setup.

When a special meet attended by Anu was in progress on Nibiru, Anu sat on the throne, flanked by Enlil to the right (the origin of the term “Right-Hand Man”) and Enki to the left. Where have you heard this before?    Well, if you haven’t I’ll jog your memory a bit. It is in the Bible, in MATTHEW 20: 20-25. In these passages, the mother of two of Jesus’s disciples, John and James, approaches Jesus and asks him to “grant that one of these two sons of mine sit at your right and the other at your left in your Kingdom”.     Where did “mum” get the idea from? Of course it was from the setup in Nibiru, meaning people of first century Palestine were aware that “Heaven” was actually Nibiru. Intriguingly, Jesus’s reply did confirm such a setup in the “Kingdom”. But were these his own words or the personal interpolation of gospel writers? I know the answer, my brother, but I elect to keep it to myself.

Although Enki was appeased that his son Marduk was the acknowledged heir to the Sirian-Orion throne after Enlil, he and Enlil were to remain mortal adversaries. This was the beginning of two royal, eternally feuding factions – the Enkites and the Enlilites. Enki never really came to terms with the reality of his denial of heirship. Whilst here on Earth, he kept wondering aloud to his compatriots as to why this should happen to him when “I am the leader of the Anunnaki, the firstborn (effectively in light of the union of the Sirian and Orion thrones) of divine Anu, the Big Brother of all the gods (that is, the Anunnaki).”

LITTLE PLUTO SAYS “HELLO!”

When Alalu was ousted by Anu from the Sirius throne, he decided to seek refuge on a far-flung planet that showed the most potential for natural resource endowment. This planet was in the planetary system known as BUIDA, our Solar System. Buida, meaning “The Faraway One” (we’re on the outer fringes of the greater Orion Empre) was also known as ARI-DU, “The Mastered Place” (from ari [master] and du [place]). The planet would later be known, amongst other names, as KISIRI, meaning “Mineral Resource Centre” from ki [to produce, manufacture, or create] and siri [to smelt ore]).   This is planet Earth.     “To snow-hued Earth Alalu set his course,” relates Enki in Zechariah Sitchin’s highly informative work, The Lost Book of Enki.

Alalu’s beeline for Earth was not a journey to the unknown. Whilst he was King, he had sent his most trusted aide, Alalim, the Sirian Master of Genesis Sciences, to assess the prospects of a permanent settlement on the planet. Impressed with what he had found, including that the planet had a clean and abundant atmospheric blanket conducive to life,  Alalim had lingered on the planet for several shars and built a palace that mirrored that of the Sirian King. So contrary to what Sitchin suggests, Alalu did not pioneer the planet: he simply built upon the foundation Alalim had already laid.

Alalu’s journey coincided with the time Nibiru  was heading towards the Sun but before it had reached the ecliptic, the region of the Solar System that stretches from Pluto to Mercury. This is the way he described Nibiru as his spaceship overflew it: “Alluring was its figure, its radiance emblazoned the surrounding heavens. Its measure was enormous, its belching fire (volcanoes)  blazed forth. Its life-sustaining envelope (atmosphere), its hue a redness, was like a sea churning; in its midst the breach (Ozone hole) was distinct, like a darkened wound.”

Whilst en route to Earth, Alalu’s spacecraft had to inevitably go past the planets Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars in that order. Alalu describes the planets exactly as astronomers and planetary scientists know them today and that was over half a million years ago.  “In the expanse of the heavens, the celestials’ emissary was him greeting,” writes Enki of Alalu’s journey. “Little GAGA, The One Who Shows The Way, by its circuit Alalu was greeting, to him a welcome extending. With a leaning gait, before and after the celestial ANTU it was destined to travel. To face backward, to face forward, with two facings was it endowed.”  

“Little GAGA” was Pluto, the smallest planet in the Solar System, now demoted to a minor planet anyway. ANTU was the earlier name for Neptune. Note Alalu’s description of Pluto’s path – that it sometimes went before Neptune or after it. Indeed, that’s what Pluto does in its erratic orbit: it sometimes comes between Uranus and Neptune and is therefore described as two-faced – today it’s facing Neptune only and next time around it’s facing both Neptune and Uranus at the same time. Alalu also records that Pluto had a “leaning gait”. This, again, is scientifically correct, as Pluto is the only one of the familiar nine planets that has an elliptical as opposed to a circular orbit.  

Having encountered Pluto first and not Neptune as would possibly have been the case, Alalu took this to be a harbinger of good luck. “Its appearance as first to greet Alalu as a good omen he at once considered,” notes Enki. “By the celestial gods (planets) he is welcomed! So was his understanding!”  Next to heave in view was Neptune. Alalu was mesmerised by its beauty. “Blue as pure water was her hue”.  That is exactly how Neptune was photographed by the space probe Voyager 2 in 1986.  

After Neptune came AN (Uranus). Alalu described  Uranus as “ANTU’s spouse double, by a greenish blueness was AN distinguished.” If you recall, the planets were originally named by King Enshar, Nibiru’s sixth ruler. He named Uranus and Neptune after Sirius’ first King and Queen under male rule.  The naming was fitting, as Uranus and Neptune are almost identical in virtually every respect – size, colour, watery content, day-length of 16/17 hours respectively, etc.       Voyager 2, when it flew by Uranus in 1986, confirmed that the planet was indeed greenish-blue in appearance!

MYSTERY OBJECT ABOUT SATURN

It was when Alalu was coursing past the planet Saturn that he witnessed something that was as enigmatic then as it is today. Saturn, with its ineffably beautiful, colouful rings, is the most spectacular sight in the Solar System.  In his flight, Alalu too noted the planet’s “bright rings of dazzling colours”.   As much as it is delectably beautiful, Saturn is a most sinister planet.  King Enshar had endearingly named the planet ANSHAR, after his father. But the Anunnaki gave it further names, one of which was TARGALLU, meaning “The Great Destroyer”.  

The planet had often been a death trap to the Anunnaki as they sailed through space. Once, Marduk, Enki’s firstborn son, rushed to his father at his base in Eridu, the Anunnaki settlement on Earth, to report that a SHUSAR (spaceship) lost 50 Anunnaki over Saturn. What exactly was the thing about Saturn that was so life-threatening? (Even the Sumerians, the  world’s best known civilisation of old that flourished circa 4000 BC in modern-day  Iraq, associated Saturn with punishment of some kind: they called it KAKSIDI {Weapon of Righteousness} and SIMUTU {He Who For Justice Kills})   

Alalu encountered the portent firsthand. Alalu’s pilots seemed to have slightly miscalculated their trajectory and in interplanetary travel that can make a very huge and disastrous difference. Saturn, ten times Earth’s size and therefore exerting a mighty force of gravity, tugged menacingly at Alalu’s spaceship. It was thanks to his skill as a space navigator that Alalu flew clear of the dragnet. Alalu too was a rocket scientist and was therefore no ordinary intellect. “With great understanding was Alalu endowed,” confirms Enki. “Much knowledge he by learning acquired.” But he wasn’t off the hook yet. This is what happened next: “A sight most awesome then to him appeared: in the faraway heavens the family’s bright star (the Sun) he discerned. A sight most frightening the revelation followed. A giant monster, in its destiny (orbit) moving, upon the Sun a darkening cast; KISHAR its creator swallowed.”

What Alalu saw and deemed “an evil omen” was a UFO so humongous it for a time bloated out the Sun. Alalu thought it was probably a moon of Jupiter (KISHAR) but it appears he was mistaken:   it was actually an artificial UFO. In the scenario referred to above, Marduk had described the monster object that destroyed a manned Anunnaki spaceship as something that “has been created like a weapon; it has charged forward like death.” This, in other words, was a powerful missile that was fired from this same UFO. Something similar, if you recall, was responsible for the shoot-down of   the Phobos spacecraft over Mars in March 1989.

Exactly what was this UFO that Alalu encountered half a million years ago but thankfully lived to tell the story?

ARMSTRONG’S ENCOUNTER WITH THE ANUNNAKI

In his 1986 book, The Ring Makers of Saturn, former NASA  scientist Norma Bergrun revealed that NASA’s Voyager space probes had captured a cigar-shaped craft (as was the UFO that brought down Phobos)  orbiting in Saturn’s rings. The length of the craft was reckoned at half the size of Earth’s diameter – about 6500 km – and large apertures could be seen in the side of the craft.   Bergrun’s revelation was confirmed in the February 1996 issue of Science News, which reported that the “Hubble Space Telescope had photographed a large, elliptical satellite orbiting Saturn’s rings”.  

Who had deployed this “huge satellite” in Saturn’s rings? Of course it was the Anunnaki, but the fact that Alalu was not aware of it meant these Anunnaki were of a particular clique – Nibiru’s Illuminati. Only the Illuminati are capable of feats the rest of the world populace cannot even conceive of. Today, the Anunnaki Illuminati are present on at least three celestial bodies within the ecliptic. These are Mars, the Moon, and Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The Phobos incident (we featured it in detail in an earlier piece) attested to Anunnaki presence on Mars. Regarding Titan, a leaked CIA document did confirm the presence of extraterrestrials there. The report said  NASA had on November 20 1986 spied a Titan base where “all personnel  observed appeared to be no different than native Earthlings”.   

How about the Moon? Well, Neil Armstrong, the first Earthling to step on its surface (the official version), revealed a few years ago that the Apollo 11 team found Aliens already established on the Moon, who “warned us to keep away”. Asked what he meant by “warned us”, Armstrong said, “I can’t go into details except to say that their spaceships were far superior to ours  both in size and technology!”   You can also watch Edwin “Buzz’ Aldrin, Armstrong’s deputy on the Apollo 11 flight, explain that their spaceship was followed as they headed toward the  moon here:  HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7RUwbqrO08" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7RUwbqrO08

Aldrin says Armstrong did not wish to relay the sighting of a stalking UFO to Mission Control back home for fear that they would get alarmed and begin to panic.  

The world has been kept in the dark about what exactly transpired on the Moon during the Apollo missions thanks to a deliberate “CIA cover-up,” Armstrong regretted. This Earth, My Brother…  

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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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