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 Ishkur-Adad Parts the Red Sea

… and obliterates the entire Egyptian army using HAARP technology and Directed Energy Weaponry

The Israelites’ first stop on the great trek toward Arabia, General Atiku,  was a place known as Succouth, about 120 km south of today’s Port of Suez. This was exactly 3 days after their departure from Goshen.

The Succouth stop, General, was not meant for an overnight rest. Within the Succouth region and near Serabit El Khadim were two Egyptian controlled copper and turquoise mines where Israelite slaves toiled without pay. Thus Moses ordered a stop there to collect the Israelite miners, a gesture which was in keeping with the terms of the exodus he had negotiated with Pharaoh Ramesses.

From Succouth, General, Moses led the Nation of Israel to Migdol, the Egyptians’ three-way look-out point, which was about 500 km from Egypt. At Migdol, the Egyptians, who were keeping tabs on the huge Israelite procession, kept meticulously trained homing pigeons – organic couriers of messages between Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula. The Egyptians had used courier pigeons since 2400 BC. The moment the Egyptian sentries observed the approach of Israelite hordes, they immediately dispatched one or two homing pigeons to the Pharaoh’s palace to alert him accordingly. Homing pigeons flew at a speed of 100 km per hour and so in only 5 hours’ time, Ramesses would have received the message.

From Migdol, General, the Israelites proceeded to Etham, where they reached “a dead end”. Etham was surrounded by mountains 300 metres high. This made the Israelites a sitting target in case the Egyptians pursued after them. With such a rude awakening, Ishkur-Adad, the executive Anunnaki Enlilite god,  had a rethink and had his people retrace their way back to the plain at the foot of Migdol, where they were to camp. It seems, General, that these back-and-forth manouevres were also a strategy on the part of Adad to confuse the Egyptians.

Next, the Israelites moved to Pi-Hahiroth, around the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Pi-Hahiroth was located on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba, that is, between Migdol and the eastern arm of the Red Sea.

To date, General, the Israelites had been moving through the “Wilderness of Egypt”. The Wilderness of Egypt was the V-shaped area of land between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba. Today, it is known as the Sinai Peninsula.

EGYPTIAN FORCES HEM IN ON ISRAELITE CONTINGENT

The Israelites camped for 8 days at Pi-Hahiroth. This is curious, General: if the Israelites were pressed for time to get to Arabia, why did Adad let them procrastinate for so long?

The Bible itself provides the answer in EXODUS 4:14, General, which reads thus: “Thus I will make the heart of Pharaoh steadfast, so he will pursue after them. Then I shall indeed be glorified in Pharaoh and in all his army; and the Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh. Hence they did so.”

Once again, General, we see Adad’s mind manipulation artifice at work here. Adad’s intention was to perform a great “miracle” that would astonish both the Egyptians and the Israelites – the parting of the Red Sea, that is, the Gulf of Aqaba. He wanted the Egyptians to be firsthand witnesses to this extraordinary feat so it could be the talk of the day. So what does he do, General? He uses his long-honed mind-control tricks to work on the psyche of Ramesses so that he (Ramesses) makes a rash decision to give fervid chase after the Israelites.

So the moment Ramesses received the message delivered by the homing pigeons – that the Israelites were now camped at the foot of Migdol (before they set off for Pi-Hahiroth) – he sent a 600-man strong chariotry after them. His excuse was that the Israelites had tactfully (that is, by way of deceptive borrowing) purloined a priceless amount of gold and silver from his people and he wanted this returned before they crossed the Gulf of Aqaba.

Since the Egyptian army were horse-mounted, they arrived at Pi-Hahiroth much faster than the Israelites did. But they did not attack the Israelites there and then, General, as they were intimidated by Adad’s formidable-looking flying saucer which kept vigil over the Israelites day in and day out.

Seeing that the Egyptian forces were now on the scene, Adad decided to get his people to cross the sea using the Straits of Tiran, which linked Arabia to the Sinai Peninsula. To effectually do that humanly speaking, they would have required thousands of ferries, which would have taken months to construct. The quickest passage was by way of none other than a miracle. How was this miracle to be effected, General?

MOSES OPTS FOR STRAITS OF TIRAN

According to the Bible, the Israelites were presently camped at Pi-Hahiroth (meaning “Mouth of Water” as it was located on the rims of a bay that was shaped, roughly, like a cross-section of an open mouth). Pi-Hahiroth was located around the southern edge of the Sinai Peninsula and overlooked the island of Baal-Zaphon (EXODUS 14:1-4), a rather visible marker across the Gulf of Aqaba, the eastern arm of the three-prong Red Sea.

Baal Zaphon (also called Mt. Tiran) is a half-kilometre-high mountain on Tiran Island in present-day Saudi Arabia. Baal Zaphon means “Lord of the North”. The Lord of the North as we well know, General, was Utu-Shamash, Enlil-Jehovah’s most prominent grandson. He was so-called because it was he who oversaw Baalbek (also known as the Crest of Zaphon), the Anunnaki aeronautical landing place which is located in present-day Lebanon, which indeed is north of Israel.

What that implies, General, is that although Baal-Zaphon was south of the Arabian mainland, it was controlled by Utu-Shamash, the Lord of the northern-located Crest of Zaphon. Thus the three major Enlilite gods of the day – Nannar-Sin, Ishkur-Adad, and Utu-Shamash – were all based in Arabia at the time of the Exodus, with Nannar-Sin as the seniormost of them all. It explains, General, why Nannar-Sin in due course became the Allah of Islam, a religion that was spawned in Arabia.

The Israelites did not linger long at Pi-Hahiroth. Remember, General, they were using a route previously unexplored. They decided to vacate Pi-Hahiroth because they were kind of boxed in by the high mountains surrounding them, which would make them a sitting target to the Egyptian army in case it pounced (EXODUS 14:3). Accordingly, they headed due northeast for a place known as the Straits of Tiran. Why, General, did Moses opt for the Straits of Tiran?

The Straits of Tiran is a natural land bridge that links the Sinai Peninsula to the Arabian mainland. About 18 km long and 0.8 km wide, it is the shallowest stretch of the Gulf of Aqaba. It actually comprises of two lanes. The one, called the Enterprise Passage, is 205 metres deep, and the other, called the Grafton Passage, is only 70 metres deep.

Thus the Straits of Tiran was Moses’ best bet if he and his people were to cross the Gulf of Aqaba. But exactly how, General, since 70 metres was by no means a walkable depth and the Israelites were no fishes but humans who breathed open-air oxygen through their nostrils?

ADAD PARTS THE GULF OF AQABA

The Bible says Moses had the Israelites cross the Red Sea when he miraculously parted one wall of water from another to allow for a dry-land walkway across. That, sadly, is an exaggeration, General. The person who parted the Red Sea was not Moses but the Anunnaki god Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the Exodus.

He did this to impress both the Egyptians and the Israelites, having subliminally influenced Pharaoh Ramesses (by way of long-distance hypnotic, mind-control triggers) to come after them (EXODUS 14:8). But even Adad did not perform a miracle, General: he used HAARP technology and a Directed Energy Weapon (DEW).

When we acknowledge the parting of the Red Sea, we’re simply giving the Bible the benefit of the doubt. The incident is not recorded anywhere in the Egyptian annals, General. Yet our overriding impulse is that the Pentateuch writers would not simply have imagined it.

The other possibility we should allow for, General, is that the Straits of Tiran at the time was likely not as deep as it is today: its waters were probably only inches deep, so that it was easy for the Israelites to wade across it all the way to the Arabian shores.

The Bible also says when the Egyptian army surged forth to chase after the Israelite caravan, the waters resurged, hemmed them in, and had them perish. If Adad indeed did employ HAARP technology and DEW, such a scenario would have been possible: these precision technologies can trigger tsunamis instantaneously. But a counter to such a scenario, General,  is that once again, the mass perishing of the Egyptian army in a watery disaster as they pursued after the Israelites is not documented in ancient Egyptian archives.

In any case, General, the Egyptians would not have been so foolhardy as to charge at the Israelites when Adad’s Flying Saucer, which menacingly hovered around, would have easily unleashed dazzlingly swift and deadly tomahawk-like missiles at them.

So if indeed the Egyptian army did perish en masse, it was the result of Adad’s “magical” missiles rather than Frankenstein waters swallowing them in one fell swoop. Ramesses and his courtiers would have deemed it too humiliatingly stigmatic to admit to such a wondrous and wholesale annihilation of his forces and so they would have opted not to log it into the Egyptian archives for fear of losing face both before the body politic and posterity.

SEVENTH DAY REST BORE NO RELIGIOUS CONNOTATIONS WHATSOEVER

Still whilst the Israelites were camped in the Wilderness of Sin, General, Adad decided to set aside the last day of their week’s sojourn there whereby they were to desist from all kind of work and simply relax and possibly introspect on their movements to date as well as ponder the journey ahead.

This incident has been grossly distorted by some sections of Christendom to mean Adad sanctified the 7th day, Saturday, as a holy day. Sadly, that is way out of context, General, as the official ordainment of the Sabbath took place much later.

If you objectively read the context of the story in the 16th chapter of Exodus, General, you won’t see any religious underpinnings whatsoever. At this stage, all Adad wanted was for the Israelites to simply rest on the 7th day of their arrival in the Wilderness of Sin.

He thought they desperately needed a leisurely day given that over the week they had been busy catching, salting, and drying quails (the quails were so plenteous they “covered the camp”(EXODUS 16:13). In any case, the quails had stopped arriving on the evening of the 6th day, so that when some of the wayward Israelites continued to look out for them on the 7th day regardless of Adad’s edict that they desist from all work of any kind, they saw none (EXODUS 16:27).

The fact that Adad intended the Israelites to do utterly nothing on the 7th day is suggested in EXODUS 16:23, where Moses exhorts them to cook and bake enough on the 6th day so that they won’t need to do that on the 7th day.

Thus the observance of the 7th day in the Wilderness of Sin, General, had nothing to do with spirituality: it was simply about total abstinence from work, an off-duty sort of scenario. Indeed, there is nowhere in EXODUS 16, General, where Moses enjoins the Israelites to set about worshipping Adad.

At this stage, the Israelites simply were not ready to devotionally dedicate themselves to Adad as they still were wracked with doubts. A recurring word in EXODUS 16 is “grumbling”. The Israelites were full of gripes and remonstrations against Adad, an obdurately stubborn tendency that greatly troubled Moses.

That said, the number 7 was a significant one to the Enlilites, General, in that it was the number of their leader overall, Jehovah-Enlil, as well as the number of the planet Earth when counted from the direction of the planet Pluto. In the creation story in the opening passages of Genesis, the Elohim (the ruling pantheon of the Anunnaki) are said to have rested from the creation process on the 7th day.

Of course General  we now know, courtesy of the Sumerian records, which predated Genesis by about 3000 years and on whose contents the Genesis writers substantially drew upon, that it was Enki, the great Anunnaki scientist who genetically engineered Adam into existence, who rested on the 7th day of his arrival on Earth 432,000 years ago. Enki’s rest was not from creating the world: it was from the toils of setting up his residential estate at Eridu (from which the word Earth derives) in modern-day Iraq.

WHY ADAD ACTED AT THE TIME HE DID

When Ishkur-Adad retrieved the Nation of Israel from Egypt circa 1335 BC, General, he aimed at attaining three objectives primarily.

The first was to fulfill the promise the Enlilites, the Anunnaki clan of Jehovah-Enlil, had made to Abraham in 2041 BC. If you recall, General, that year Amar-Sin, the King of Ur (in today’s Iraq) formed a coalition of four Kings of the East (Mesopotamia, today’s Iraq) under the auspices of the wayward and debauched Anunnaki goddess Inanna-Ishtar and deployed them into war against the Five Kings of the West (Canaan).

Inanna’s principal goal was to capture the Anunnaki spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula and thereafter declare herself the Queen of Earth at the expense of Marduk (an Enkite and her mortal enemy), whose ascendancy to the lordship of Earth (due in 2220 BC, the mathematical onset of the astrological Age of Aries but still a bone of contention visually as the Taurus constellation still was prominent in the night sky) was long overdue but towards which he was striving day in and day out anyway.

Having picked up intelligence from as early as 2048 BC as to what Inanna was up to, Nannar-Sin, Inanna’s father, commissioned Abraham, a crack military general, to set course for Canaan with an elite corps of cavalrymen and cordon off the spaceport. General Abe performed suitably in this regard when he duly intercepted and repelled the Eastern armies miles well before they could reach the spaceport.

An exhilarated Sin undertook to Abraham that as a reward for the feat he had performed, his descendants were to take possession of Canaan (which was presently inhabited mainly by the descendants of Noah’s son Ham) in the fullness of time (GENESIS 15:18-21). Canaan was henceforth referred to as the Promised Land by the Jews.

Sin reiterated the promise to Abraham’s son Isaac (GENESIS 26:3) and his grandson Jacob (GENESIS 28:13). It was now 700 years since Canaan was pledged to Abraham and Adad, Sin’s younger brother, decided it was time the Enlilites made good on their promise.

The second reason Adad decided to remove the Jews from Egypt to Canaan, General, was to right the wrongs of the past at the expense of the descendants of Shem. You will recall, General, that after the Deluge, Noah produced three children in the same year from three different mothers.

These were Shem, Japheth and Ham. When the known world was partitioned between the Enkites and Enlilites, it was on the basis of the offspring of these three. Japheth’s people were allotted Europe; Shem’s people the Middle East; and Ham’s people Africa and the Arabian land mass. Shem and Japheth were under the tutelage of Enlilites, whereas Ham was under the tutelage of Enkites.

The land that later came to be known as Canaan was accordingly and legally inhabited by Semites, Shem’s people, with Ham’s people (Hamites) concentrated in north Africa. For some reason, the most influential Hamites were the descendants of Canaan, Ham’s fourth-born son.

When Set waged war against Horus over the control of Egypt, he rallied to himself Canaan’s people. And when he invaded the land that came to be known as Canaan circa 8970 BC, his army largely comprised of Canaan’s people. Canaan’s people drove away Shem’s people from the appropriated land and settled in it. That’s how it came to be known as Canaan.

Set’s seizure of the land of Canaan, General, was illegal as it was a flagrant breach of the terms of the partition of the known world. Thus it was that in 1335 BC, Adad decided it was time Canaan was repossessed and populated by a people to whom it rightly belonged – the Semites.

Although the term Semites included both Arabs (descendants of Esau and Ishmael) and Jews (descendants of Jacob), in this context it applied only to the descendants of Jacob (who was also known as Israel) because it was to Isaac and Jacob Canaan was pledged and not to Ishmael or Esau.

Finally, General, Adad was in a hurry to remove the Jews from Egypt to Canaan because King Anu of Nibiru, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”, was expected to touch down on Earth in about 700 years’ time. Anu was to land on Earth via the new spaceport in the Americas and was to be feted in what was already designated as the future capital of the world – Jerusalem.

By that time, Canaan as Anu’s host country had to be in the hands of the Jews, the Enlilites’ chosen people. The Enlilites had to be in charge of the affairs not only of Canaan but of the whole world. Anu would be received not by Marduk, the legal Chief Executive of Earth, but by a member of the Enlilite top brass.

Ideally, this was Nannar-Sin, who was the legal (not the lineal) heir of Jehovah-Enlil. But as we have long demonstrated, General, as Anu’s arrival neared, the Enlilites began to contend for the right to host Anu. The main contenders were Sin, Adad, and Utu-Shamash.

NEXT WEEK: MOSES PERPETUATES HIS SEED

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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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