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“Bye Bye Mankind”

Benson C Sail
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

The Anunnaki, alias the gods, officially depart planet Earth

From about 610 BC to 560 BC, roughly 50 to 60 years before the reappearance of Nibiru, the Anunnaki were departing Earth. Writes Zechariah Sitchin in his book The End of Days: “The Departure is neither surmised nor speculative; it is amply documented.

The evidence comes to us from the Near East as well as from the Americas … The testimony is not hearsay; it consists of eyewitness reports … The reports are included in the Bible, and they were inscribed on stone columns — texts dealing with miraculous events leading to the accession to the throne of Babylon’s last king.”

A high priestess of Harran going by the name Adda-Guppi (the mother to Nabunaid, the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire), wrote on a stela that, “It was in the sixteenth year of Nabupolassar, King of Babylon, when Sin, Lord of the gods, became angry with his city and his temple and went up to heaven; and the city and the people in it went to ruin.”  The 16th year of Nabupolassar’s reign was 610 BC. This was the year, if you recall, when Babylonian forces seized Harran from the remnants of the Assyrian royal family who had decided to make the city as their last stand. Clearly, had Sin still been in the city, Harran wouldn’t have so easily fallen to the Babylonians. 

The ancient texts say the gods, as mankind received the Anunnaki by virtue of their extraordinary longevity and their technological feats – miracles in our eyes – “flew away like birds”. This was a figurative expression meaning they got aboard their celestial crafts, also called sky vehicles, and jetted off into the void. From mankind’s perspective, the gods left Earth because they were displeased with our relentlessly recalcitrant behavior.

The departure of the Anunnaki was also attributed to the need to escape a raging flood that seemingly was caused by Nibiru’s proximity. “A fierce surge of water, a violent flood like the Deluge, swept away the city,” notes a Neo-Assyrian text. “Its houses and sanctuaries, turning them to ruins. The gods and goddesses became afraid, abandoned their shrines, flew off like birds and ascended to Heaven.”

Of course both perceptions are dead wrong. Firstly, Nibiru caused a by far great flood during the Deluge of Noah’s day, but the Anunnaki did not abandon Earth forever like they did in the 6th century BC. Secondly, mankind had always tended to rebelliousness  from the day he was created (genetically engineered from the genes of mankind and a dark-skinned Anunnaki) by Enki. THE ANUNNAKI BEGAN TO DEPART EARTH AT THE TIME THEY DID BECAUSE KING ANU, “OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN”, HAD DEMANDED THAT THEY DO SO.

Why did the Anunnaki come to Earth in the first place? They came in search of gold, which was desperately needed for survival on their solar system planet known as Nibiru. On their planet, they had a serious ozone hole crisis and the solution to the problem, so the planet’s scientists rightfully reckoned, was to loft gold particles into the planet’s stratosphere.   Nibiru’s atmosphere was now on the mend and as such there was no need for the Anunnaki to linger on Earth.

In any case, the god façade about them was being seen through by the ranks of discerning mankind. For instance,  PSALM 182, written by a certain Asaph, is arguably the most daring dig at Anunnaki hypocrisy and vainglory. It exposes and lambasts them as creatures as opposed to deities.  “The gods know nothing, they understand nothing,” Asaph charged. “They  walk about in darkness.” Asaph proceeded to warn the Anunnaki that despite pretences to the contrary, their ultimate fate too was  six feet under. “You are ‘gods’;     you are all sons of the Most High.  But you will die like mere  mortals;   you will fall like every other ruler.”

Asaph appealed to the real God, First Source, “who renders judgement among the gods”, to “rise up” and “judge the Earth”. If Asaph knew the Anunnaki for what they exactly were – fake gods – then many other people of his day must have known that too. Sadly, the prevailing scenario in the Old Testament   is that of mankind bowing and scraping to the Anunnaki and not to First Source. 

PROPHET EZEKIEL SEES “GOD”

One of the authoritative eyewitnesses to the departure of the Anunnaki was the prophet Ezekiel. This happened in Harran in today’s eastern Anunnaki and only a few miles from the Syrian border. Harran is today no more than a “sleepy town” but in the 6th century BC, it was a flourishing commercial, cultural, religious, and political centre. It was in Harran, the “Ur away from Ur” in Sumerian times, that the god Nannar-Sin, Enlil-Jehovah’s second-born son and the first to be born on Earth, settled after an evil wind (nuclear radiation) ravaged Ur  courtesy of several nuclear bombs that were unleashed on Sodom and Gomorrah by Nergal, Enki’s second-born son, and Ninurta, Enlil-Jehovah’s firstborn son. 

Harran was to Sin and his cult following what Babylon was to Marduk and his cult following. Sin and Marduk were in fact the two most eminent gods in the Middle East in the countdown to the Anunnaki departure as with the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the deportation of the Israelites to Babylon, Ishkur-Adad had become practically irrelevant.

Ezekiel, a trained priest,  was among the first deportees, who included Jewish King  Jeconiah, who were led away to Babylonia in 598 BC. His group was settled on the banks of the Khabur River,  only a heartbeat from Harran. Then on the fifth day of the fourth month in the 30th year of the exile (568 BC), Ezekiel encountered an Anunnaki flying chariot. THE  GOD SIN WAS LEAVING AND HE HAD DECIDED TO COMMISSION EZEKIEL AS A PROPHET.

What Ezekiel experienced is recorded in EZEKIEL 1:1–3:15.  Ezekiel’s account can be summarized as follows:

He saw a “kabod” or “cherub” which had sets of wheels. In past articles, we have explained what these terms mean – a flying craft. In the kabod was a pedestal or throne on which a being who looked like a “son of man” and had an aura about him sat. This was the  pilot’s cabin.  “Son of Man”, or “Black-headed People”,   was how the Anunnaki referred to mankind. It meant “mortal”, to distinguish themselves from us as  they fancied themselves as “immortal”. Put differently, Ezekiel saw that “God” had the form and likeness of a human being.

When it dawned on him that he had seen “God” (Nannar-Sin), Ezekiel was filled with a sense of overwhelming awe. “That was the appearance of the semblance of the Glory of Yahweh. When I beheld it, I flung myself down on my face” – EZEKIEL 1:28. Sin addressed Ezekiel before he departed, commissioning him as his prophet.  He called him “Son of Man”. About a year later, Sin returned and had Ezekiel board the flying craft, whereupon he flew with him to Jerusalem to show him what a cesspit of iniquity Jerusalem had become in the absence of the Temple, which  Nebuchadnezzar had razed to the ground in  588 BC. Ezekiel was at long last taken to Babylon, where he related  to the Jewish exiles his experiences with “Yahweh”.

The inhabitants of Jerusalem  were very much aware that the Anunnaki were gone.  “Yahweh sees us no more, Yahweh has left the Earth!” they bemoaned as per Ezekiel’s report. Zechariah Sitchin best sums up the sense of bereavement and nostalgia that gripped mankind in general in the wake of the Anunnaki’s departure from the Earthly scene in the following words in his book The End of Days: 

“And so it was, by the middle of the first millennium BC, in one part of the world after another, that mankind found itself without its long-worshipped gods; and before long, the question began to preoccupy mankind: Will they return? Like a family suddenly abandoned by its father, mankind grasped for the hope of a Return; then, like an orphan needing help, mankind cast about for a Savior. The Prophets promised it will surely happen—at the End of Days.

The awesome times when the gods resided in sacred precincts in the people’s cities, when a Pharaoh claimed that a god was riding along in his chariot, when an Assyrian king boasted of help from the skies, were over and gone. Already in the days of the Prophet Jeremiah (626–586 BC), the nations surrounding Judea were mocked for worshipping not a ‘living god’ but idols made by craftsmen of stone, wood, and metal—gods who needed to be carried, for they could not walk.”

SIN AND MARDUK RUN SHOW

Having officially departed Earth, where did the Anunnaki  head for? IT TURNED OUT THEY DID RETURN TO NIBIRU STRAIGHTAWAY. Some still stayed on Earth, but kept out of public view, preferring a shadowy, mystical presence. Even those who left Earth did not do so immediately: they lingered around for a while behind the scenes before they left for good. Some of those who left made periodical returns to Earth before they ceased to do so altogether.

It seemed they made the planet Mars their provisional  base and it was there they from time to time came to check on happenings on Earth before they eventually proceeded to Nibiru. Nannar-Sin for one set up base in South America,  where he lived for about 50 to  60  years.  Of the Anunnaki pantheon, those who left there and then were Enlil, Enki, Ninurta, Ishkur-Adad,  Inanna-Ishtar, and Nergal. Marduk and his son and heir Nabu stayed, and so did Sin and his heir Utu-Shamash. Seemingly, each faction of the Anunnaki ensured that they were represented by one major god, Marduk on the part of the Enkites, and Sin on the part of the Enlilites. 

Upon leaving Harran, Sin first settled in the broader Sinai region (before he proceeded to South America), on the shores of the Red  Sea and the Gulf of Eilat. He lived there with his spouse Ningal and his principal aide Nusku. The Ugarit texts describe Sin at this stage as a “retired god” who resided “near the clefts of two seas”. You will now come to understand why  the Sinai Peninsula is named after him and why Nakhal, the ancient capital of the entire Sinai Province, is named after his wife Ningal.

That Marduk and Sin were the main gods calling the shots as the astrological   Age of Aries wound down is evidenced by Nabunaid, the last King of the Neo-Babylonian Empire who reigned from 555 to 539 BC,  having been chosen by Sin at his cult centre of Harran (in a deal between Adda-Guppi and Sin whereby the former promised to restore the Ehulhul, Sin’s destroyed temple in Harran, renew the worship of Sin and Ningal, and declare Sin monotheism as a state religion)  needing the consent of Marduk as well as the celestial confirmation by Nibiru, which was known as Marduk to the Babylonians  (Nabunaid, a throne name, derived from Marduk’s heir Nabu). 

Once  Nabunaid had been enthroned and the Ehulhul Temple was rebuilt (this was some time post 555 BC, about 60 years since Sin was last seen in public), Sin made a sudden and dramatic return to the public domain when accompanied by Ningal and Nusku he arrived to commission the temple.

“Sin, lord of gods and goddesses, residing in the heavens, has come down from the heavens — in full view of Nabunaid, King of Babylon,” Adda-Guppi, who had been under the impression Sin had returned to Nibiru when he had simply retreated to South America,  inscribed on a stela. From that point on, Sin was never heard of. Where did he go? WELL, HE RETURNED TO  NIBIRU, WHERE A SPECIAL TREAT AWAITED HIM AND WHICH TOOK HIM BY SURPRISE. But more on that in a forthcoming article.  

NABUNAID PLANTS SEED OF ISLAM

Nabunaid and his high priestess mother Adda-Guppi had undertaken to make Sin the pre-eminent god on the planet. This they did their utmost to make a reality of.  Sadly, it was at the expense of the equally influential Babylonian god Marduk and that got Nabunaid in real hot  water. Nabunaid devoted his energies to the resuscitation of Ur, Sin’s Sumerian time cult centre,  to the absolute neglect and marginalisation of Babylon.

A raft of accusations against him by the Babylonian populace included civil matters (“law and order are not promulgated by him”), neglect of the economy (“the farmers are corrupted,” “the traders’ roads are blocked”), lack of public safety (“nobles are killed”), and religious sacrilege, which was the most heinous of all his sins. 

In a bid to diminish the stature of Marduk as a god, Nabunaid ordered that the Akitu festival, during which the near-death, resurrection, exile, and final triumph of Marduk were reenacted, not be celebrated any more. In furtherance of the same antagonistic stand against Marduk, Nabunaid committed what would become known as the “desolation sacrilege”.  He had an idolatrous image, which was flanked by two “guardians” in the form of a “Deluge demon”  and a “Wild Bull”, placed in the Esagil, Marduk’s temple, all in the name of his god sin.

Says a tablet known as Nabunaid and the Clergy of Babylon and which can be found in the British Museum: “He made an image of a god which nobody had seen before in the land. He placed it in the temple, raised it upon a pedestal. He called it by the name of Nannar. With lapis lazuli he adorned it, crowned it with a tiara in the shape of an eclipsed moon, made for its hand the gesture of a demon.”

The Babylonian clergy were not amused. They demanded that Nabunaid step down as King and since they had quite a sway on the national populace, Nabunaid simply had to play ball. But he struck up a compromise deal with them, whereby he would go into exile for at least ten years,  leaving his son Belshazzar as regent. 

The place Nabunaid chose for his self-imposed banishment was Taima, a caravan centre in now northwestern Saudi Arabia. Among his entourage were the Jews,  who had been part of the Jewish population who had been deported to Babylon in the days of Nebuchadnezzar. Nabunaid in due course established six other settlements for his followers. A thousand years later, five of these towns were listed as Jewish towns. One of these towns was the famous Medina, where  Muhammad founded Islam. Medina did not begin as an Arab settlement folks: it was originally a Jewish settlement.

In Nabunaid’s new fiefdom, only one god was worshipped as “God Most High”. This was Nannar-Sin. He was referred to as El, a term that would later morph into Allah, Islam’s god. Sin was known as the “Moon God”  as traditionally the moon had been his celestial counterpart. To this day, if you visit any mosque, you will see moon crescent symbology occupying pride of place. Every mosque is flanked by minarets imitative of multistage rockets ready to be launched.

None of the worshippers pause to wonder as to why a worship centre should be punctuated by rocket and moon imagery. But even if they were to pose questions to that effect, no one would be candid enough to tell them that the moon imagery represents Nannar-Sin and the rocket imagery is evocative of Sin’s heir Utu-Shamash, who was the god of the shems, as rockets were called in Sumerian.  “My Father and I are one” Jesus said. So are Sin and Shamash as encapsulated in the mosque-setting imagery.

NEXT WEEK:   END OF BABYLONIAN EXILE

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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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