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Anu Reapportions Responsibilities

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

Enki is tactfully demoted as Enlil is elevated by “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”

When the information Alalu had relayed to Nibiru was analysed, General Atiku, it was a cinch: evidence abounded that gold was indeed aplenty on Earth. Alalu was quick to follow up on this ratification with these words: “Now that proof has been delivered, declare me King, bow to my command!”

Enlil had already spoken so it was now Enki’s turn. Revered for his seamless all-round knowledge and surpassing wisdom, everybody was at maximum attention when the Sage of Nibiru, the Anunnaki’s greatest intellect, spoke and to the extent where his sibling rival Enlil must have made a wry face. “Let me be the one in this conflict unity to bring,” Enki thundered before the assemblage. “Let me Anu’s emissary to Alalu be, let me be the one Alalu’s discoveries to uphold! Let me in a chariot to Earth journey. On Earth, from the waters let me the precious gold obtain; to Nibiru back it will be sent. Let Alalu be King on Earth.”

The princes, the counsellors, the sages, and the commanders were wowed by Enki’s propositions: they all gave their nod. Only Enlil had reservations but there was nothing he could do as King Anu himself subscribed to them too. The message was accordingly transmitted to Alalu, who welcomed it in its entirety. Alalu particularly cooperated because the mediator was Enki, his son-in-law, and somebody who was renowned for his sense of justice and fairness and his pacifist bent overall.

EARTH IS EARTH COURTESY OF ENKI

Enki and his 50-man-strong team, General, arrived on Earth during the second Glacial Period, which ran between 480,000 to 430,000 years ago (Earth’s climate undergoes periodic icing and de-icing phases). It is no surprise, therefore, that as they circled Earth whilst bracing to land, the first thing the so-called Heroes noticed was that huge swathes of the planet were ice-bound. It was only around the tropics that it was “dark-hued”. Because of the presence of extensive ice sheets both in the northern and southern hemisphere, the Anunnaki sometimes referred to the planet as “Snow-hued Earth”.

Alalu, General, wasted no time in officially designating Enki as Earth’s Chief Executive. Enki would also be the liaison man between Earth and Nibiru at the pleasure of King Alalu. It was on the 7th day of Enki’s arrival on Earth, General, that he coined a name for the Anunnaki’s first city on Earth, around where the Iraq city-province of Basra is found today. He called it Eridu, which means “A Home Away from Home”, or put differently, a settlement well away from home planet Nibiru. It is a name, General,  that over time evolved into “Earth” and which has taken root in practically every major language on the planet.

“To this very day,” writes Zechariah Sitchin, “the Persian term Ordu means ‘encampment’… The settled Earth is called Erde in German, Erda in High German, Jordh in Icelandic, Jord in Danish, Airtha in Gothic, and Erthe in Middle English. And going back geographically and in time, Earth was Aratha or Ereds in Aramaic, Erd or Ertz in Kurdish, and Eretz in Hebrew.” Thus, every time we utter the word “Earth” (which, intriguingly, incorporates Enki’s other name “Ea”, General), we commemorate Enki’s arrival and settlement on a lonely outpost on our then half-frozen planet! It is just as well, anyway, for as we demonstrated in The Earth Chronicles, General, Enki is our God in a manner of speaking.

On the same 7th day, Enki and his party ceremonially instituted Alalu as the King of Eridu – and by extension King of Earth. On his part, Alalu was so impressed by the dizzying civil engineering feats Enki put on parade in laying the overall infrastructure of Eridu that he conferred on him the title Nudimmud, which means “The Artful Fashioner”. It turned out Enki, General, was not only capable of fashioning structures; he could also fashion life!

ENKI’S GOLD CONSIGNMENT AVAILS LITTLE

Not long after their arrival in Eridu, Enki’s team, General,  set out to extract gold first from the marshes and when this proved inadequate from rivers and the surrounding seas. The Heroes laboured for six “days” and on the seventh “day” analysed the yield. They turned up reasonable quantities of copper and iron but not gold, which was disappointingly paltry. Enki reckoned that if they had to obtain meaningful amounts of gold, they should resort to prospecting for “Tiamat’s golden veins” on the firm lands, Tiamat being the Solar System’s first, gold-endowed planet that Nibiru destroyed 4 billon years ago to bring about Earth and the Asteroid Belt in what Enki, the Anunnaki genius who fathomed this cosmic phenomenon, dubbed the Celestial Battle.

Accordingly, the Heroes assembled what they called a “Sky Chamber” from the parts they had brought with them in the Celestial Boat, or spaceship, and Enki and another pilot called Abgal took off to scour for gold deposits on the continents using high-tech scanning instruments. Meanwhile, panic was taking hold on an incoming Nibiru, General. Enlil, the ruler of Nibiru, sent word to his father King Anu in Sirius complaining of the inordinate delays in the delivery of gold, and Anu in turn relayed this concern to Enki.

Why had shipments of gold not commenced, he wondered to his step son. Enki replied that the gold accumulated thus far was insignificant in amount: sizeable quantities would only be possible after a shar – a year on Nibiru which is equivalent to 3600 Earth years. Anu said he was having none of that: whatever gold there was had to be dispatched to Nibiru forthwith as the gold dispersal technique that had been devised there had to be tested.

Enki accordingly gave instructions that Alalu’s spaceship be repaired for a return trip to Nibiru. And so it was that  Abgal, the master astronaut in the delegation delivered the gold to King Anu. Anu was so excited he dubbed the gold “The Salvation of Nibiru”. But the euphoria was short-lived General: as Nibiru neared its perigee, disaster again struck. “When Nibiru near the Sun came, the golden dust was by its rays disturbed; the healing in the atmosphere was dwindled, the breach to its bigness returned.”

The Ozone hole had rebounded. It was back to square one. A disillusioned and frantic Anu hurriedly dispatched Abgal back to Earth to collect more gold. Accompanying him was co-pilot Nungal and 50 other Heroes to reinforce the gold extraction effort.

ENLIL PRIMED FOR EARTH TRIP

The process of obtaining alluvial gold was notoriously slow General: 3600 years since the last delivery, Enki and his team hadn’t made much headway. The gold yields remained a pittance. The quest for land ores had yet to bear fruit either. Enki and King Alalu pondered endlessly thus: “If Earth the head of Tiamat was in the Celestial Battle cut off, where was the neck, where were the golden veins cut asunder? Where were the golden veins from Earth’s innards protruding?”

The gold ingots that Abgal took to Nibiru again were minuscule: they could not provide a sustainable solution to Nibiru’s Ozone hole problem. Enki continued to criss-cross the Earth in his sky chamber and at long last the search registered a stunning success: he happened upon rich deposits of gold in modern-day Zimbabwe. The potential was so breathtaking, General,  Enki characterised the place as the “Birthplace of Gold”.

The need to extract gold from the sea was now redundant. But the terrestrial gold was deep into “the bowels of the Earth” and therefore required suitable underground mining equipment. An ecstatic King Anu, when he got word of this development, General, convened a special assembly to discuss the next course of action. The assembly decided that there was need to first ascertain the size of the deposits before a long-term strategy was devised.

Enki would also need executive assistance in the event that large-scale mining became inevitable and the best fit for the purpose was Enlil. Besides being ruler of Nibiru (on behalf of the Sirian-Orion monarch) and Crown Prince to the Sirian-Orion throne, Enlil was once a general in the Sirian Air Force, which encompassed the cosmic army, and had demonstrable credentials as an able administrator. Meanwhile, Anu decided to base himself on Nibiru till the Ozone hole problem was resolved.

ENLIL JOINS ENKI

Enlil, General,  arrived on Earth in the 7th shar after Alalu did, that is, after Alalu had been King of Earth for 25,200 Earth years. Enki wasted no time in taking him to the southern part of Africa, which Enki had named the Abzu. Abzu meant a “primeval deep source”, in this context a source of metal ore or simply Mineral Belt.

Having established that gold did indeed abound in the Abzu, Enlil now suggested to Enki and Alalu that a permanent settlement be established on Earth as more Anunnaki would be needed in the arduous and painstaking mining process. A spaceport had to be built as well to handle the higher traffic of spaceships carrying loads of gold to Nibiru. What this entailed was that both Enki and Enlil would now be based on Earth practically indefinitely. Now, the moot point was this: who would be in charge of the base camp in Eridu and the new operations thereof and who would be in charge of the mining operations in the Abzu?

Regrettably, King of Earth Alalu fell flat in allotting responsibilities to the two brothers, both of whom had colossal egos. Enlil then proposed that King Anu come to Earth and help break the impasse, to which King Alalu reluctantly agreed. It meant the onset of mining activities would have to wait for another shar as at the time Nibiru had left the perigee and was on its way back to its apogee.

ANU JETS IN TOO

King Anu, General, set off from Nibiru to Earth with a 50-man entourage. Upon arrival, he  was first taken on a familiarisation tour of the Abzu, the region of modern-day Africa where Enki had detected subterranean gold ores. Anu then chaired a meeting at Eridu, the Anunnaki headquarters on Earth, during which he spelt out what he envisaged of the Earth mission.

Full-scale, high-tech mining was to commence in the Abzu: Enki, like the gifted engineer he was, was tasked to devise the requisite equipment. A permanent settlement, an extension of Eridu, was to be established and a spaceport, an aerodrome and all the allied logistical infrastructure such as maritime vessels for shipping the ore from the Abzu to Eridu, were to be constructed. Further, bases were to be set up on every habitable planet in the Solar System or where that was not feasible one or more of its satellites.

“Way stations from Nibiru to Earth to establish, all the Sun’s family in one Kingdom encompass!” Anu declared. “The first on Lahmu (Mars) to be fashioned, the Moon for the plans also to be considered. On the other planets or their circling hosts stations to set up.” Anu’s decree explains why the Anunnaki to date maintains a presence on Mars, on the Moon and on Saturn’s largest moon Titan (There are arguably several other Anunnaki colonies on planets and/or their moons we are yet to discover, or which we are not aware of but the Illuminati do). Once again, it was the quick-thinking Enki who suggested a name for the proposed expanded Eridu.

“Let it the Edin be called,” he said. Edin (or Aten in alternative renderings) meant “Abode of the Pure Ones”. The Anunnaki referred to themselves as the pure ones (also as righteous, upright, bright, or illuminated ones) to distinguish themselves from the Earthlings they would later create. They were “pure” because they came from the “pure” planet Nibiru or the “pure” region of the Sirius-Orion star system and therefore possessed a purer gene pool compared to ordinary mankind.

The Edin is the Eden of the Bible. Contrary to what the Bible may have us believe, General, Eden (the first one, as there would later be a second one in Africa) was not a zoological and botanical garden fashioned by “God” as a dedicated haven for Adam and Eve. It was part of a collection of city-states established and dwelt by the Anunnaki, who mankind would later come to call “gods”.

The Levites, who wrote the first five books of the Bible, did so when the Jews were in captivity in Babylon in the 6th century BC. Thus they incorporated a lot of data on the origins of man they happened upon there that Sumerians had set down on cuneiform clay tablets and cylinder seals.

ENKI MADE SUBORDINATE TO ENLIL

At the Eridu indaba, General,  it was Enki who spoke after Anu, rather than Alalu, who remained curiously quiet. Enki’s turn preceded Enlil because at the time, Enki was Earth’s Chief Executive. In other words, on Earth Enki was senior to Enlil. Regarding the proposed Edin, Enki said, “The commander of the Edin let me be, let Enlil the gold extraction perform.”

Enki was an innately creative person and so he preferred making a showcase of the Edin to superintending over mining activities in the blistering hot Abzu, a hostile environment to an albino-white ruling race that was used to the perennial cold of Nibiru. He also knew that in terms of executive authority, the overseer of the Edin would carry more clout and command more respect and the goodwill of the Anunnaki, whereas the exacting tasks of underground mining would turn the Abzu overseer into a kind of pet hate.

Enlil, however, took strong exception to Enki’s pitch. An ex Air Force General and a trained aeronautical engineer, Enlil thought it was he who was best suited for the tasks of the Edin: “Of commanding and tasks to perform I am the better; of skyships I have the knowledge. Of the Earth and its secrets my brother Ea is the knower. The Abzu he discovered: let him of the Abzu be the master.”

When Enki tried to counter him using plain logic and tools of analysis, General, Enlil, who habitually operated on a short fuse, fired back angrily and abrasively and a slanging match between the two step brothers ensued. King Anu, who had the quiet and calm demeanour of Enki, finally intervened. He reminded his sons to not be oblivious of the fact that they were effective joint rulers of Nibiru rather than mere princes: when he replaced Alalu as King of the Sirian Empire, he did declare to the Nibiru nation that he was going to rule that planet in particular with his two sons.

Since the three of them were co-equal, Anu proposed that they settle the matter by casting lots. The outcome would determine who among the three would go back to preside over Nibiru, who would go to the Abzu and who would stay in Eridu. The two sons nodded in concurrence. “The three, father and two sons, clasped their hands together,” recalls Enki in his memoirs as ghost-written by Zechariah Sitchin. “They cast lots; by the lots the tasks they divided.”

The result redounded to Enki’s displeasure, who was not that lucky a being. King Anu was to return to Nibiru; Enlil was to run the Edin; and Enki was to take charge of the Abzu. Enki was so crestfallen he shed tears: he had such an attachment to Eridu, which he had built from scratch (Alalu was of the view, which he aired at a later stage, that Anu had rigged the outcome in favour of Enlil given that Enlil was his biological son whereas Enki not only was his step son but a son-in-law of his nemesis Alalu). He was only consoled by the assurance by Anu that although he would operationally be based in the Abzu, he would still remain the Lord of Eridu, though Enlil would be overall-in-charge of the Edin.

The new scenario thus was this: Enlil had now supplanted Enki as Earth’s Chief Executive. He was now “Lord of the Command”, that is, Earth’s Commander-In-Chief, though he would in due course be better known as Jehovah/Yahweh. Enlil was also put in overall charge of the Igigi, the Anunnaki fighter astronauts in orbit around Earth. That way, he  became the “Prince of the Power of the Air” (EPHESIANS 2:2).

Enki, on the other hand, would have authority over all of Earth’s seas as he would be in charge of maritime shipments of ores from the Abzu to Eridu. Hence, his other characterisation in due course as Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Enki would also be in charge of all of Earth’s firm lands except the Edin. This was very fitting in that prospecting for mineral ores, particularly those of gold, all over the Earth was his responsibility.

As such, when Enki is referred to as “Lord of the Earth”, it means two things (a point most scholars including Zechariah Sitchin have missed). First, he was the Eridu (stem of the English term “Earth”) Lord. Second and even more important, he was overall in charge of the firm lands, where mineral prospecting and mining activities were taking place. Otherwise, the real Lord of the Earth was Enlil, General.

NEXT WEEK:  ENKI SQUARES UP TO FASHION MANKIND

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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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