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Jehovah Throws in Towel!

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   

Enlil agrees to step down as Earth’s Chief Executive in deference to Marduk

As a dumbstruck Endubasar stared in awe at the unveiled scribal instruments for his use, the disembodied voice of the great god thundered again.  “Endubasar, son of Eridu city, my faithful servant. I am your lord Enki. I have summoned you to write down my words, for I am much distraught by what has befallen Mankind by the Great Calamity. It is my wish to record the true course of the events, to let gods and men alike know that my hands are clean.

Not since the Great Deluge had such a calamity befallen the Earth and the gods and the Earthlings. But the Great Deluge was destined to happen, not so the Great Calamity. This one, seven years ago, need not have happened. It could have been prevented, and I, Enki, did all I could to prevent it; alas, I failed.”  Enki simply didn’t want to tell a story: he sought absolution too. He didn’t want future human generations to attribute the subjection of Sodom and Gomorrah to a one-sided atomic onslaught to him in the slightest, an evil that was totally uncalled-for.

Listening raptly to the Anunnaki’s brainiest, kindest, and warmest god, Endubasar could hear him choke back tears. Endubasar wept too in solidarity with his highly esteemed Lord. “And was it fate or was it destiny?” the great god asked a rhetorical question. The Anunnaki distinguished between destiny – the unalterable will of what they called “The Creator of All”, that is, First Source – and fate – the permissive will of the Creator of All which allowed creation to intervene and alter or influence the course of events. 

“In the future shall it be judged, for at the end of days, a Day of Judgment there shall be. On that day,  the Earth shall quake and the rivers shall change course, and there shall be darkness at noon and a fire in the heavens in the night, the day of the returning celestial god will it be. And who shall survive and who would perish, who shall be rewarded and who will be punished, gods and men alike, on that day shall it be discovered.  For what shall come to pass by what had passed shall be determined; and what was destined shall in a cycle be repeated, and what was fated and only by the heart's will occurring for good or ill shall for judgment come.”

Enki looked forward to the day  when King Anu would come to Earth not for a routine visit but to dispense justice to the likes of Elli, Ninurta, and Nergal. At the time, Enki thought the Anunnaki would remain on Earth through thick and thin and that one day they would be judged by “Our-Father-Who-Art-In-Heaven” as Anu was otherwise referred to.

ENKI INSRUCTS ENDUBASAR

Next, Enki specified the duration of his dictation and the numerology behind it. “For forty days and forty nights, shall I speak and you will write. Forty shall be the count of the days and the nights of your task here, for forty is my sacred number among the gods …  I will tell the true account of the Beginnings and of the Prior Times and of the Olden Times, for in the past the future lies hidden.”

The Anunnaki defined the “Beginnings”  as the rearranging of the Solar System by a primordial Nibiru, then an interloper planet, in what they dubbed the “Celestial Battle”, in the process of which Earth was cleaved off the parent planet Tiamat (which lay between Jupiter and Mars) to become the new planet Gaea; the “Prior Times” as the events which transpired on Nibiru and the Sirian-Orion star systems before they came to Earth; and the “Olden Times”  as the phase of their saga here on Earth from the landing 450, 000 years ago to the Deluge of Noah’s day 13,000 years ago.  Enki wanted to give context to all these happenings for the sake of posterity.

The great god added that throughout the duration of his dictation, Endubasar’s  only sustenance would be what he provided him for consumption once and for all.  “For forty days and forty nights, you shall neither eat nor drink. Only this, once, of bread and water you shall partake, and it shall sustain you for the duration of your task.”  This, of course, was Ormus in both its liquid and solid form: only Ormus, we have long learnt, is capable of keeping the body metabolism going on for days on end without eating conventional food. 

The god paused yet again, and the moment he did this, another part of the exquisite, cosy chamber began to shed a dull glow. A table upon which was set a cup and a plate emerged as if out of thin air. Endubasar noted that there was what looked liked bread on the plate and what looked like water in the cup. He immediately rose to his feet, trudged in the direction of the place setting, and took his seat at table. At this very juncture, the great god again spoke.  “Endubasar, eat the bread and drink the water, and be sustained for forty days and forty nights.”

Endubasar did as he was instructed. Enki then directed him to relocate to the scribal table.  “The glowing there intensified,” Endubasar writes. “I could see neither door nor aperture where I was, yet the glowing was as strong as the midday sun.”Clearly, Endubasar was a stranger to what sounds like fluorescent lighting.  Enki asked him, “Endubasar, what do you see?” He replied thus: “I see stone tablets, and their hue is blue as pure as the sky.

And I see a stylus as I have never seen before, its stem unlike any reed and its tip shaped like an eagle's talon.” What Endubasar is talking about here are electronic tablet computers (called phablets) which can be written upon using a digital pen and which have become a commonplace classroom feature in Western citadels of higher learning.  Indeed, when Endubasar touched the tablets, “the surface thereof felt like a smooth skin, soft to the touch”.

Enki then said, “These are the tablets upon which you shall inscribe my words. By my wish they have been cut of the finest lapis lazuli, each with two smooth faces provided. And the stylus you see is a god's handiwork, its handle made of electrum and its tip of divine crystal. It shall firmly fit in your hand and what you shall engrave with it shall be as easy as marking upon wet clay. In two columns you shall inscribe the front face, in two columns you shall inscribe the back of each stone tablet. Do not deviate from my words and utterances!”

ENKI DICTATES BOOK TO ENDUBASAR

After another brief interval, Enki finally set about dictating the text to Endubasar. “And then the great god Enki began to speak, and I began to write down his words, exactly as he had spoken them. At times his voice was strong, at times almost a whisper. At times there was joy or pride in his voice, at times pain or agony. And as one tablet was inscribed on all its faces, I took another to continue.”

The dictation was non-stop. Enki was in such a hurry to record his words that bar the inevitable calls of nature,  he did not adjourn for purposes of sleep or simply rest.  Both he and Endubasar had partaken of Ormus, which kept them going without getting bored, fatigued, or otherwise mentally side-tracked. As per Enki’s initial brief, the whole session lasted 40 days and nights.

“And when the final words were spoken,” Endubasar writes,  “the great god paused and I could hear a great sigh. And he said: Endubasar my servant, for forty days and forty nights you have faithfully recorded my words. Your task here is completed. Now, take hold of another tablet, and on it you shall write your own attestation, and at the end thereof as a witness mark it with your seal, and take the tablet and put it together with the other tablets in the divine chest.

For at a designated time, chosen ones shall come hither and they shall find the chest and the tablets, and they shall learn all that I have dictated to you; and that true account of the Beginnings and the Prior Times and the Olden Times and the Great Calamity shall henceforth be known as The Words of the Lord Enki. And it shall be a Book of Witnessing of the Past, and a Book of Foretelling the Future, for the future in the past lies and the first things shall also be the last things.”

The highly esteemed scribe did likewise after a pause by Enki. “I took the tablets, and put them one by one in their correct order in the chest. And the chest was made of acacia wood and it was inlaid with gold on the outside. And the voice of my Lord said: Now close the chest's cover and fasten its lock. And I did as directed.”

Next, Enki pronounced blessings on Endubasar, projected a scenario of the future, and commissioned him to some noble task.  “And as for you, Endubasar,” he said, “ with a great god you have spoken, and though you have not seen me, in my presence you have been. Therefore, you are blessed, and my spokesman to the people you shall be. You shall admonish them to be righteous, for in that lies a good and long life. And you shall comfort them, for in seventy years the cities will be rebuilt and the crops shall sprout again.

There will be peace but there will also be wars. New nations will become mighty, kingdoms shall rise and fall. The olden gods shall step aside and new gods shall decree the fates. But at the end of days,  destiny shall prevail, and of that future it is foretold in my words about the past. Of all that, Endubasar, to the people you shall tell.”      But Endubasar still was in a dilemma.  Bowing down on the golden carpet, he asked: “But my Lord, how will I know what to say?”

The great god replied straightaway, in words evocative of some eschatological biblical passages. “The signs will be in the heavens, and the words to utter shall come to you in dreams and in visions. And after you, there will be other chosen prophets. And in the end there will be a New Earth and a New Heaven, and for prophets there will be no more need.”

Suddenly, lights went out and in the ensuing total tranquility, Endubasar passed out just out of a sense of trepidation. “There was silence, and the auras were extinguished, and the spirit left me.”  When he came back to his senses, he found himself in the woods of Eridu, the same place he had been fetched 40 days before, alive and kicking but without the tablets.

The electronic tablets have never been found. But thanks to the power of Ormus, Endubasar was able to recall every word Enki had dictated to him and re-write them on clay tablets.  Sadly, the original clay tablets have not been found either: only scattered copies of the text thereon. Luckily, the great Sumerologist Zechariah Sitchin was able to retrieve about 800 copies of parts of the full text and reproduced them in a book he titled The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs of an Extraterrestrial God.

Enki’s commissioning of Endubasar to document his recollections recalls to mind what Yahweh (Ishkur-Adad, Jehovah-Enlil’s third-born son) said to the prophet Isaiah in the 7th century BC: “Now come, write it on a sealed tablet. As a book engrave it: let it be a witnessing until the last day, a testimony for all time” – ISAIAH 30:8

“BABYLON’S SURVIVAL GOOD OMEN FOR MARDUK”

Endubasar’s encounter with Enki took place in the year 2017 BC , exactly 7 years after the nuclear abomination of 2024 BC.  So let us return to what immediately transpired after the Evil Wind, Nergal’s nuclear cloud, had ebbed completely some time in 2024 BC according to the chroniclings of  Endubasar.  About a month after the  ravages of the Evil Wind, Enki invited his step-brother and arch-rival Enlil to Eridu. The two got into a flying saucer and conducted an aerial survey of the whole of Sumer-Akkad.

They noted that it was largely  desolate: the people had moved out of the region in their droves to other parts of the world. But of particular note was their observation  that of the major Sumerian centres, which included Ur, Uruk, Nippur, Lagash, Larsa, Badtibira, Eridu, and   Babylon, Babylon  was the territory least affected by the Evil Wind as evidenced by its still teeming and healthy population. “Babili (Babylon), where Marduk supremacy declared, by the Evil Wind was spared,” writes Endubasar.  “All the lands south of Babili,  the Evil Wind devoured, the heart of the Second Region (Egypt)  it also touched.”

Enki called Enlil’s attention to this rather unusual occurrence,  which he regarded as a deliberate wish by God, First Source. “When in the aftermath of the Great Calamity Enlil and Enki to survey  the havoc met, Enki to Enlil the sparing of Babili as a divine omen considered.” To Enki, this was a clear-cut signal by God Almighty that time had come for Marduk to become Earth’s Chief Executive. “That Marduk to supremacy has been destined, by the sparing of Babili,  is confirmed, so did Enki to Enlil say.”

The survival of Babylon was not necessarily the result of divine intervention: Babylon simply happened to be at the edge  the northernmost  extent of the Evil Wind. Yet Enlil agreed with Enki’s take on the matter – that Babylon had remained practically unscathed owing to divine intervention.  “The will of the Creator of All it must have been,” Enlil concurred with  Enki without much ado. In order to buttress this acknowledgement, Enlil proceeded to disclose to Enki  what Galzu had said to him in a dream-vision – that Marduk was indeed destined to become the new Enlil at the onset of the Age of Aries.

Upon hearing this, Enki was enraged. He asked Enlil why, if he was aware of Marduk’s inevitable destiny,  he kept throwing spanners in his way. Sounding almost tearful, Enlil replied that  he did so because he was not sure of the bonafides of Galzu. “Was he truly the Creator of All's emissary, was he my hallucination? Therefore to keep to myself the words of Galzu I decided. Let whatever has to happen, happen, so to myself  said.” But despite being revolted at  what Enlil had told him, a tender-hearted Enki did not explode. “To his brother's words Enki listened, his head up and down he nodded,” Endubasar underscores.

ENKI AND ENLIL CLOSE CHAPTER

Enki’s flying saucer touched down back on the Eridu apron and the two great gods both alighted. As Enlil headed toward his own sky vehicle, Enki intercepted him. “Look hither Brother,” he said, almost tugging Enlil at his sleeve. “The First Region (Sumer) is desolate. The Second Region (Egypt)  is in confusion. The Third Region (Indus Valley)  is wounded.

The Place of the Celestial Chariots (the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula) is no more:  that is what has happened! If that was the will of the Creator of All, that is what of our Mission to Earth remained! By the ambitions of Marduk was the seed sown, what the crop resulted is for him to reap!” In other words,  Enki was saying whatever had happened was preordained, that the mission of Enlil and Enki vis-à-vis the Earth was over, and that it was time now for the two to withdraw from centre stage and allow the younger generation, headed by Marduk, to conduct the planet’s affairs.   

Once again, Enlil did not equivocate in his response: uncharacteristically humbled, he expressly affirmed the triumph of Marduk. “Let the rank of fifty, by me for Ninurta intended, to Marduk instead be given,” he said with a catch in his voice. “Let Marduk over the desolation in the Regions (all four, which constituted Earth’s hub) his supremacy declare!” Marduk had become  the new Enlil, which went with the conferment of the hierarchical rank of 50, which was only second to Anu, “Our Father Who Art in Heaven”.

For a moment, there was  silence as Enki shed tears of glee. Then Enlil reiterated his affirmation to Enki. “As for me and Ninurta, we will in his (Marduk) way no longer stand. To the Lands Beyond the Oceans (the Americas) we will depart. What we had  come for, the mission to obtain for Nibiru gold,  we will complete!” Enlil, so reports Endubasar, was saying this with “dejection in his words”.

Speaking with a mild tone,  Enki wondered aloud to Enlil if he was nonetheless not contrite over the nuking of Canaan. “Would different matters have been were the Weapons of Terror (nuclear weapons) unused?” With a rasp in his voice, Enlil replied that it was no use crying over spilt milk  as with the benefit of hindsight,  the Great Calamity   would not have arisen had the Anunnaki effected certain courses of action.  “Should we have the words of Galzu to Nibiru not return heeded? Should Earth Mission been stopped when the Anunnaki mutinied? I what I did did, you what you did did. The past undone cannot become.”

As Enlil made for his flying saucer, Enki stopped him in his tracks and extended his arms to him. “Let us lock arms as brothers, as comrades who together challenges on an alien planet confronted,” he said. Enlil did likewise. “Grasping his brother's arm, he hugged him as well.” As they unwrapped, Enki posed this nostalgic question to his step brother.  “Shall we meet again, on Earth or on Nibiru?” Enlil’s response was a cheeky one.

“Was Galzu right that we die if we to Nibiru go?” Without waiting for Enki’s response, he turned and trudged toward his flying saucer. Enki felt on  overwhelming sense of desolation as he watched his step brother depart. “Alone was Enki left,” concluded Endubasar. “Only by the thoughts of his heart was he accompanied.”

NEXT WEEK:  “GREAT SERPENT”IN CHARGE

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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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