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Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

The Jehovah of the Exodus puts 3000 Israelite insurgents to the sword for treason and sacrilege

On the day the Apis Bull altar was complete, Aaron announced that the following day, it   would be officially  commissioned in the name of the new Yahweh, Marduk, who was represented by the Apis Bull, or the Golden Calf as it is referred to in the Bible, and the people should present offerings to mark the highly momentous occasion. That they indeed did the following day, amid a lot of dancing, singing, feasting, and other such frenzied revelry. The euphoria and commotion was such that it reached the Sinai Mountain and inadvertently alerted Ishkur-Adad as to what was happening.

A perturbed Adad, the Anunnaki god of the Exodus, immediately ordered Moses to descend the mountain and acquaint with the situation firsthand. Adad also had Moses carry with him two tablets of his covenant with the Israelites for Moses to reiterate and reinforce when he faced his people just in case they were engaged in activity that was in flagrant breach of the covenant. The tablets, which had been inscribed in Adad’s own hands (through his aides of course), were meant to formalise the contract between Adad and the Nation of Israel.

Just as the church today is figuratively the bride and Jesus is figuratively the groom, Adad was the groom and the Nation of Israel the bride. The verbal contract had been a kind of engagement. The written contract would be a binding contract once Aaron officially ratified it as the High Priest designate of the Hebrew nation. 

It never crossed Moses’ mind that his people were up to some particularly outrageous act of mischief. When Joshua, who had accompanied him over his 40-day audience with Adad, suggested to him that something war-like was afoot in the camp, Moses said to the contrary his people were engaged in festivity of some kind and not anything untoward. He couldn’t have been more wrong.     

MOSES CLEVERLY ANNULS  ADAD’S PRENUP WITH ISRAEL

The spectacle that greeted Moses when he got to the foot of the mountain was beyond his wildest imagination. His people had fashioned themselves a new god, a foreign god, and they were paying homage to that god atop an altar. Moses was transfixed both with shock and searing anxiety. The ramifications  were dire. FOR WHAT IT ENTAILED WAS THAT THE SYMBOLIC MARRIAGE BETWEEN ADAD AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL HAD BEEN RENDERED NULL AND VOID. This was in all probability the end of Adad’s dealings with Israel.

It was a stab in his back that he wouldn’t take lying down like the hot-tempered god he was. If the Nation of Israel had decided to get rid of Moses and even killed a relation of Aaron to underscore their resolve, then when Moses finally materialised, they would have swarmed in on him to aggressively put the message across. Inevitably, Moses would have called upon the “angel” Adad had assigned to the Nation of Israel to see to it that he was not harmed in anyway. 

Moses firstly inquired of Aaron as to what all the kerfuffle was all about. The Bible’s version of events does not implicate Miriam at all simply because the aim of the  blatantly patriarchal and pro-Moses Pentateuch writers   was to substantially underemphasize the protagonistic role of Miriam in the affairs of the Nation of Israel. But in truth, Miriam was the bone of contention. It was she the Israelites wanted to be their queen at the expense of Moses.  In fact, both Miriam and Aaron were so popular as to be absolutely untouchable even to Adad himself.

Aaron had particularly endeared himself to the nation by readily obliging the Israelites when they demanded that he forge the Golden Calf and erect its altar. Concerned that the sin Israel had committed spelt enormous trouble for them at the hands of Adad, a quick-thinking Moses decided to engage in action that was certain to lessen the extent of the reprisals. He dismantled the two stone blocks on which the covenant between Adad and the Nation of Israel was summarised.

According to the Bible, he did this out of anger. Anger of course was the surface emotion but it was not the underlying reason. MOSES DESTROYED THE TABLETS TO CANCEL THE PRE-MARITAL CONTRACT BETWEEN ADAD AND ISRAEL. What that now meant was that Adad would judge Israel like an affianced woman who simply acted promiscuously and not as a married woman who did likewise. In other words, Adad would not divorce Israel as there actually had been no marriage: he would punish her somehow alright, but would still proceed to wed her anyway. Moses’ gesture was a masterstroke as that is exactly what transpired.

ADAD ORDERS THE EXECUTION OF 3000 DISSIDENTS

When Moses returned to the mountain top and reported what he had found, Adad was incandescent with rage and pronounced four measures against the Nation of Israel. First, all the ring leaders in the sacrilege would be put to death so as to deter the recurrence of any such abomination. Second, all the offspring of these same culprits would be subject to a curse spanning four generations. In other words, the curse, which would begin with them, would be in force up to and including their great grandchildren. What kind of justice is this that tars the innocent, both existing and unborn, with the same culpability brush? This, to say the least, is crass. But that is the warped juridical code of the gods of Christianity.

Third, he would send a plague (whose exact nature is not specified in the Bible) against the Nation of Israel as a whole both for taking part in and condoning the setting up and worshipping of a graven image. Fourth, he would no longer move in their midst in a flying saucer as he had done since they left Egypt as they were a “stubborn and rebellious people”. Nonetheless, Adad reiterated that despite their intractability, the Israelites would remain his people but he would reign over them with an iron fist and punish them severely whenever they offended against him.  

Accordingly, Moses, who was accompanied by a formidable security detail of Anunnaki men, gathered the Levites around him and in the presence of Aaron demanded that they point out to him the men who were at the forefront of the putsch. Once these malefactors were paraded, Moses ordered their fathers, brothers, next of kin, and immediate neighbours to come forward too, then handed out daggers to each one of them. They were  to  take turns in lancing the paraded culprits, who were either their own flesh and blood or very intimate friends or neighbours. 

It must have been gut-wrenching for a father to kill his own son,  a brother to kill his own brother, a relation  to kill his own relation, and a neighbour to kill his own neighbour,  but Moses didn’t care a damn: he wanted to make a statement – that he and his god would be ruthless at the slightest show of  insurrectionist or   sacrilegious tendencies.

Altogether, 3000 men were killed.  Once the deed was done, Moses asked the executioners, who clearly were choking for spilling the blood of their loved ones, to purify themselves and brace for a great blessing from  Adad.  “Consecrate yourselves today to Yahweh, for each man has been against his son and against his brother,  that a blessing  may be given over you today,” (EXODUS 32:29). 

Note, however, the paradox of the matter. Miriam, the rallying cry of the entire saga, and Aaron, who had so  meekly capitulated to the dissidents and personally fashioned the Golden Calf and built the altar,  got away scotfree, without so much as a slap on the wrist. But you need not be surprised: in every society, there are always  two sets of laws: the public domain  law, which binds the common herd like you and I,  and the unspoken law, which applies to and favours  the elite only. This Earth, My Brother …

MOSES FORCE-FEEDS ISRAELITES ON ORMUS OF GOLD

Since the Israelites were  such a rowdy lot and there was every indication that even the executions would by no means deter them,  Moses decided it was time he fed them with  a more potent version of Ormus. This was Ormus of  Gold. To date, the Israelites had been fed on Ormus alright,  but  it was the variety  made from copper. This one was just good enough to keep them in  generally sound health. The gold variety was meant to do much more, to make them more  rational in their judgement and in their thinking  so that they did not go to extremes in whatever behavior they indulged in. They would be able to weigh the  pros and cons of every course of action before they actualised it.

Moses’ task was made all the more easy  because in the Golden Calf Aaron had forged was sufficient  enough gold for the purpose. To that effect, this is what Moses did as per EXODUS 32:20: “Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it with fire and ground it until  it was pulverised;  he winnowed it upon the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it.”

The brain-dead, undiscerning Christian clergy interpret Moses’ act as a “punishment” for his people’s disobedience toward Adad. To the contrary, this was not a punishment: it was a corrective and remedial ritual. FIRING GOLD DOES NOT PRODUCE POWDER: IT PRODUCES MOLTEN GOLD. What  Moses did was  to produce Ormus, the white, monoatomic powder of gold, and have the Israelites consume it whether they liked it or not.

The pay-off did not take long to materialise: soon the Israelites had discarded all their jewelry, which was largely made from gold. Furthermore, they lost a sense of vanity and no longer turned out in ostentatious clothing. Ormus had not only steadied their temperament  but made them a sensible and orderly people. However, this type of Ormus was a once-off treat: humans were not entitled to it. As such, it did not take long before the Israelites reverted to their  obdurate ways.

MOSES HITCHES A RIDE IN ADAD’S FLYING SAUCER
 
Although Moses was the King of the Nation of Israel, he felt his god, Adad, did not afford him the closeness he deserved. Adad never once allowed Moses to see his face. Every time he ascended the mountain to meet him, he actually met his aides and not Adad himself. The only thing he had been permitted to see of   Adad was the god’s shoed feet resting on a footstool.

Furthermore, Adad never once invited Moses to ride in any of the god’s flying machines. How could the King of God’s own chosen people be denied direct access to the god and to his chopper or some such sky vehicle, which symbolised the god’s throne?  Having decided that he just could not bear such a slight anymore, Moses set out to confront Adad on the matter.  Thus it was that on his next  ascendance to the mountain, Moses wondered aloud to Adad’s aides as to how he could convince his people that Adad was indeed a flesh-and-blood god when he had never seen him at close quarters.  Adad, Moses insisted,  should reveal much more  to him than he had done to date.

Now, when Moses asked to see Adad in person, he was not that matter-of-fact: he was tactical. According to English translations of the Bible, Moses, said, “Show me your glory”, EXODUS 32:18.  Sorry folks, but that’s not what Moses actually said. The term translated “glory” is actually KABOD. We have long unpacked the meaning of the term Kabod in earlier articles: it was a flying craft.  SO WHAT MOSES REQUESTED OF ADAD WAS TO TAKE HIM ON A RIDE IN HIS FLYING SAUCER, WHICH WOULD BE HIS CROWNING ACHIVEMENT AS A MORTAL.   

Of course Adad was not a dumb god: he knew what Moses really wanted – to see him face to face, literally, not figuratively as had been the case in the past. Speaking through his aides, Adad once again reiterated his warning: “No one may see my face and live,” EXODUS 32:20. Nonetheless, Adad was prepared to relent a bit this time around to  content his great protégé to the barest minimum. He  consented to taking Moses on a ride in his sky vehicle allright, but made it clear to him that whilst they were airborne, he would allow Moses to see only his backrest, that is, the  back of the seat in which the god would sit alongside his pilot.

This special treat is related in EXODUS 33:18-23 but in a manner that hardly makes any sense as the Pentateuch scribes simply did not understand the figurative language employed in their records of reference  and so put their own laughable slant on the story.  According to the biblical version,  Moses was put in the hollow of a rock by Adad. Then Adad covered the opening of the crevice with his hand, after which he removed his hand to allow Moses to see only his back. But why go to that extent if all Adad wanted to show Moses was his backside?

It would have been much simpler for Adad to  ask Moses  to come up the mountain and see his back whilst he sat on a stool of some kind.  Clearly, either the scribes didn’t know what they were talking about or the exact nature of the event was scrambled through the passage of time thanks to faulty or interpolative copy editing.
  
ADAD AND MYSTERIOUS CLOUD COMMISSION WILDERNESS TABERNACLE

 Once Adad had meted out all the retributions against the Israelites, he was now in position to renew his covenant with the Nation of Israel. So once again, he summoned Moses up the mountain to furnish him with the one he had tactfully destroyed. You can call this a renewal of the marriage vows between Adad and Israel. In addition, Adad was to administer to Moses a whole glut of instructions over multifarious issues.  Whereas last time around he was accompanied by Joshua, this time around he was all alone. Moses had trusted Joshua to maintain order and discipline amongst the Israelites whilst he was away to avoid a repetition of the Golden Calf saga.   

Once again, Moses spent “40 days and nights” on the mountain. Of course,  the number 40  was not literal but figurative. In  fact, this time around Moses stayed on the mountain even longer than he did previously, for when he returned, he shone so brightly that he had to veil his  face as the Israelites thought  it would be dangerous to come near him. The simple explanation for this oddity is that he had partaken Ormus throughout his stay and as such he too shone like the Anunnaki.

Onwards now, Moses dedicated himself to the construction of the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. The concomitant projects were completed after eight months. The commissioning of the Tabernacle  was graced by Adad himself. Details on the incident are sketchy  in the Bible. We’re not told, for instance, what kind of ceremonies were conducted or whether Moses or Aaron gave an inaugural sermon to the Nation of Israel in the presence of Adad.

In fact, what the Bible intimates is that none of the Israelites was allowed to  set foot in the Tabernacle on the occasion. There were only two presences in the Tabernacle. This was Adad, who came in his chopper, referred to as usual as the Glory of the Lord, and a cloud that shrouded the entire Tabernacle as if to conceal whatever Adad and his aides were doing from the multitude of the  Nation of Israel. We’re already familiar with the concept of the Glory of God. But just what was this humongous cloud which assumed various shapes and  went before the Nation of Israel in a pillar-like configuration during day time throughout their  wilderness wanderings?


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NEXT WEEK:   ADAD BAGS POUND OF FLESH FROM AARON’S LOINS

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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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