Nibiru’s second-ranked Prince and its leading scientist heads gold prospecting party to what was now officially recognised as Alalu’s realm
It took one shar – a Nibiru year, equivalent to 3600 Earth years – for Enki and his team to prepare for the journey to Earth. The gold was to be extracted from the sea and so appropriate equipment had to be fashioned. Enki was to travel with 50 “Heroes”, a new term coined for the expeditionary force that was to serve up the vital gold; this required the design and manufacture of a sizeable spaceship, or Celestial Boats as the Anunnaki called them. A new Tablet of Destiny (a device to be used by Mission Control Centre to track and control orbits and trajectories) was to be crafted. Finally, a means other than nuclear weapons to clear the way through the dreaded Asteroid Belt was to be devised.
It was Nibiru’s Jack of all Trades, its greatest engineer, Enki, who stepped up to the challenge. It was he who designed a spaceship engine that was fuelled by nothing other than water. As if that was not mind-boggling enough, the great Enki this time around designed water cannons with a blasting power that could easily tame the notorious asteroid boulders!
The Heroes’ departure day was beamed live on television throughout Nibiru, being the most significant interplanetary expedition the world had ever undertaken. Tens of thousands gathered at the space centre, including Nibiru royalty and the planet’s Who Was Who to bid farewell to Enki and his party.
Enki was the last to board the spaceship. Before he did, he was hugged and blessed by his step father King Anu and his mother Queen Antu who had travelled all the way from Orion just to bestow travelling blessings on her eldest son. Perhaps the most emotional spectacle was the sight of Enki and his step-brother Enlil, the Jehovah/Yahweh of the Old Testament, embrace, both with glazed eyes. Such a public display of mutual affection between the two antagonistic brothers was unheard of. Lastly, Enki kissed his equally misty-eyed wife Damkina and into the spaceship he disappeared. He recalls, in his memoirs, that he was “heavy of heart”.
The captain of the flight was not Enki but a pilot called Anzu. Anzu, a low-ranking prince, was chosen for his silky-smooth piloting skills. Enki sat alongside him and as the spaceship sailed through space and went past the outer planets, Enki noticed that the planet AN (Uranus) lay “on its side”. In other words, it had a western and eastern pole instead of the usual, inclined north and south pole that typified all the other planets of the Solar System. What Enki noticed half a million years ago was only confirmed by modern astronomers in the 20th century.
The Asteroid Belt passage was a slum dunk. Enki’s Water Thrusters wrought wonders. “The force of a thousand Heroes' team stream of water was thrust,” he relates in Zechariah Sitchin’s The Lost Book of Enki. “One by one the boulders turned face; a path for the chariot they were making!” Enki was amazed at the number and almost organic tenacity of the asteroids. “As one boulder fled, another in its stead was attacking. A multitude beyond counting was their number, a host for the splitting of Tiamat (the primordial planet which was located between Mars and Jupiter and whose demolition by a come-from-nowhere Nibiru also gave rise to the Asteroid Belt and planet Earth) revenge seeking!”
But capitulate did the boulders do, thereby allowing clear passage for the spaceship. The Heroes set up a joyful noise but it was short-lived, for almost immediately Anzu announced that the water fuel was nearing exhaustion and what was in the tank was not sufficient to traverse the rest of the journey. Enki suggested that they make an emergency landing on LAHMU (Mars) for possible refueling. Enki knew Mars must have had water for “snow white was its cap (North Pole), snow white was its sandals (South Pole)”.
Indeed as the spaceship descended through the Mars atmosphere, Enki saw that the “reddish-hued” planet was “in its midst aglitter with lakes and rivers”. The Mars of old was awash with water. The spaceship landed on a lakeside and Enki and Anzu led the Heroes out. Enki quickly tested the water and the atmosphere and found that whereas the water was fit for drinking, the air was insufficient for breathing. Then having refuelled, the Heroes reboarded the spaceship and set a direct course for Earth.
LEGEND OF THE FISH GOD IS BORN
Enki and his 50-man-strong team arrived on Earth during the second Glacial Period, which ran between 480,000 to 430,000 years ago (Earth’s climate undergoes periodic icing and de-icing phases). It is no surprise, therefore, that as they circled Earth whilst bracing to land, the first thing the Heroes noticed was that huge swathes of the planet were ice-bound. It was only around the tropics that it was “dark-hued”. Because of the presence of extensive ice sheets both in the northern and southern hemisphere, the Anunnaki sometimes referred to the planet as “Snow-hued Earth”.
The Anunnaki name for Earth was actually “Ki” (which came to be pronounced as GE or GI by future civilisations) but this was an abbreviation. The full name was MUL-KI, meaning “a celestial body that has been cleaved apart”. The name recalled to mind its severance 4 billion years ago from the primeval planet Tiamat. In another vein, “Ki” was the shortened form of “Eke”, one of the multiple titles of Enki’s mother, the Queen of the Sirian-Orion Empire. In yet another vein, “Ki” was the truncated form of “KISIRI”, another name by which our planet was later known by the ancients. Kisiri meant “Mineral Resource Centre”. The name arose by virtue of Earth’s bountiful mineral riches.
Unlike Alalu’s, Enki’s Celestial Boat did not crash-land; it splashed down in the Arabian Sea, the western part of the Indian Ocean. Then donning underwater gear, Enki and his team cruised for part of the way to the edge of the Persian marshlands, where they had picked up Alalu’s signal, and swam the rest of the way. Thus began the legend often encountered among many a people around the world of a “Fish God who emerged from the waters”. The “God” who came from the sea, who some cultures even depict as half-fish, half-man, was actually Enki.
The Babylonian historian–priest, Berossus, wrote of the legend of one Oannes the Fish God, “the being endowed with reason, a god who made his appearance from the Erythrean Sea (the ancient name for the Arabian Sea) in the first year of the descent of Kingship from Heaven (that is, Nibiru, the planet of the Old Testament gods)”. But Berossus was also quick to add that “although Oannes looked like a fish, he had a human head under the fish’s head and had feet like a man under the fish’s tail; his voice, too, and language were articulate and human”. The three Greek historians who actually transmitted to us what Berossus wrote record that “such divine fish-men appeared periodically, coming ashore from the Erythrean Sea”. The Anunnaki, when they from time to time landed in the sea and emerged in their divers’ suits, were misconceived by benighted Earthlings as “fish-men” though at the same time revered as gods. To this day, the Dogons of Mali, for instance, continue to worship a fish-god called Nommo – their name for Enki.
ENKI’S AFFINITY FOR SNAKES
The pioneering Anunnaki chose Mesopotamia, ancient southern Iraq, as their first settlement on Earth. Why?
Firstly, coming from a much cooler place than Earth (on Nibiru, the Sun is for three quarters of the year only seen the way we see stars), they sought a fertile, well-watered environment with a temperate climate. Mesopotamia bore all these attributes. It was not the barren and sweltering hot desert it is today: it had rich loamy soil which lent itself to agriculture, particularly horticulture, and was encompassed by four, surging rivers the most significant of which were the Tigris and Euphrates. As for palatability of weather, even the Bible itself attests to this: it says God (who turns out to be Enlil) was in the habit of taking leisurely promenades with Adam and Eve “in the cool of the day”.
Secondly, the Anunnaki wanted a rich source of fuel and energy. Again Mesopotamia was the ideal place: it was so richly endowed with bitumens, tars, pitches, and asphalts. These bubbled or flowed up to the surface naturally: there was no need to drill for them.
As Enki and his Heroes approached, Alalu cheerily kept bellowing in his megaphone, “To Earth be welcome”. When Enki stepped ashore and took off his aqualung, Alalu hastened over and the two were seen to be locked in an emotional embrace, being father- and son-in-law. After the rest of the team had paid Alalu homage befitting a King, Enki instructed Chief Pilot Anzu to relay word to Mission Control Centre on Nibiru that they had landed safely and were warmly received by the King of Earth. Alalu wasted no time in officially designating Enki as Earth’s Chief Executive. Enki would also be the liaison man between Earth and Nibiru at the pleasure of King Alalu.
Like Alalu, Enki too was puzzled by the infinitesimally short hours of daytime. And when for the first time Enki and his team saw the golden sunset, it threw a scare into them, whereupon an amused Alalu told them that was how dusk was heralded on Earth. As for the night itself, during which the Heroes again marvelled at the splendid silvery orb that was the Moon, Enki noted that it was “beyond imagining short”. In fact, the Heroes did not retire to sleep on the first night: accustomed to comparatively very lengthy days and nights on Nibiru, Earth’s night passed in a blur to them.
On the Heroes’ second day on Earth, Enki set them to work straight off. They were detailed to, amongst other things, build permanent, livable structures, dredge the beds of streams and tributaries to allow a better flow of the waters, erect a fence around the estate to ward off wild animals, and assemble boats using the tools and equipment they had brought with them in the now docked spaceship. Enki says when he came to Earth, the planet was to a greater extent waterlogged as a lot of water had been captured as ice on landmasses. Their estate was therefore built on ground artificially raised above the waters of the marshlands. At the time, the Persian Gulf was not a sea but a stretch of marshlands and shallow lakes, which explains why Enki and his party chose to land far afield in the Arabian Sea.
Enki was instrumental in building his own magnificent house, which doubled as a temple. He named it EABZU, meaning “House of the Supernatural Spirit”, that is, “House of God” (from aba [supernatural], and su [spirit]). Naturally, Enki whose Orion race evolved from a snake species, was fanatically fascinated by Earth’s snakes. His innate scientific instincts inclined him to study them at close quarters to find out the extent to which they resembled the serpents of Orion. In the process, he developed an awed affinity for them. He boasts that, “I built my house in a pure place … Its shade stretches over the Snake Marsh”. In other words, a natural snake pond was encompassed in his yard! Enki’s snake ancestry explains why he was also referred to as – and symbolised by – the Serpent in the muddled Genesis account called the Fall (of Adam and Eve).
Also enclosed within Enki’s compound was a natural fish pond. “The carp fish wave tails in it, among the small reeds,” he recounts. This is not surprising in view of the fact that he was a famed and avid fisherman. As construction activities proceeded apace, Enki unwound by way of a boat cruise along the shallow but expansive marshlands – his childhood hobby which dovetailed rather well with his given name of Ea – “He Whose House is Water”. He was often accompanied by several crewmen, who he led in songs as they rode along (like the all-round maven he was, Enki is said to have been a phenomenally gifted musician too and by some accounts Nibiru’s maestro royal entertainer!) and sailed the seas. In this respect, he would later become known as the God of the Sea (Poseidon in Greek).
ENKI DESIGNATES SATURDAY AS DAY OF REST
The Heroes took six days to complete the construction of their initial settlement (These possibly were not six 24-hour-days but 60 or even 600 days considering that the Anunnaki used sexagesimal mathematics, which was based not on our modern-day Base 10 but Base 60). On the seventh day, Enki assembled his team to congratulate them for a job well done. He addressed them thus: “A hazardous journey we have undertaken, from Nibiru to the seventh planet a dangerous way we have traversed. At Earth we with success arrived, much good we attained, an encampment we established. Let this day be a day of rest; the seventh day hereafter a day of resting always to be!”
Earth was the 7th planet from the direction Nibiru approaches, after Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars in that order. It was therefore more than a coincidence that the 7th day was chosen as a day of rest from all forms of work. This is yet another intriguing revelation since we now know where the Levites, the authors of the first five books of the Bible, pinched the idea of the “six days of creation” from. They attribute the consecration of the 7th day to Enlil, also called Yahweh/Jehovah, when it was Enki who set Saturday aside as a special day merely of relaxation and not for religious purposes. At the time, Enlil was yet to show up on Earth.
It was on the same 7th day of Enki’s arrival on Earth that he coined a name for the Anunnaki’s first city on Earth, around where the Iraq city-province of Basra is found today. He called it ERIDU, which means “A Home Away from Home”, or put differently, a settlement well away from home planet Nibiru. It is a name that over time evolved into “Earth” and which has taken root in practically every major language on the planet.
“To this very day,” writes Zechariah Sitchin, “the Persian term Ordu means ‘encampment’… The settled Earth is called Erde in German, Erda in High German, Jordh in Icelandic, Jord in Danish, Airtha in Gothic, and Erthe in Middle English. And going back geographically and in time, Earth was Aratha or Ereds in Aramaic, Erd or Ertz in Kurdish, and Eretz in Hebrew.” Thus, every time we utter the word “Earth” (which, intriguingly, incorporates Enki’s born name “Ea”), we commemorate Enki’s arrival and settlement on a lonely outpost on our then half-frozen planet! It is just as well, anyway, for as we shall soon discover, Enki is our God in a manner of speaking.
On the same 7th day, Enki and his party ceremonially instituted Alalu as the King of Eridu – and by extension King of Earth. On his part, Alalu was so impressed by the dizzying civil engineering feats Enki put on parade in laying the overall infrastructure of Eridu that he conferred on him the title NUDIMMUD, which means “The Artful Fashioner”.
It turned out Enki was not only capable of fashioning structures; he could also fashion life!
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 aninflammation 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
Constipation or diarrhoea
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.
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.
Appendicitis can cause serious complications such as;
Appendicular mass/abscess– If 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 rises48–72 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:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org 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.