THE PHELOPHEPA HEALTHCARE TRAIN IS COMING TO TOWN!

THE PHELOPHEPA HEALTHCARE TRAIN IS COMING TO TOWN!

The Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Train brings health and hope to citizens that are in need of access to health-care facilities from 16 to 20 September 2019, and again from 23 to 26 September 2019 (including the public holiday on 24 September).

The Healthcare Train helps thousands of rural South Africans annually in need of access to health-care facilities.

The Phelophepa Train services include a healthcare clinic, eyecare clinic, dental clinic, and a counselling and psychology clinic.

Free healthcare services offered include:

  • Healthcare education
  • A complete physical assessment
  • Cancer treatments
  • Pap smear
  • Prostate cancer testing (PSA blood test).

Patients pay R5 for the entire script of medicines.

Eyecare clinic services include:

  • Free eye tests
  • Spectacles @ R30. The eye clinic does not issue bi-focal lenses.
  • Eye drops @ R5.

Note: The eye clinic does not offer eye operations.

Counselling and psychology clinic services include:

  • One-on-one sessions
  • Workshops targeting schools, communities, workers, teachers
  • Topics covered include leadership, drug and alcohol abuse, sexuality and tools to deal with physical and emotional abuse

Dental clinic

  • Free screening and education
  • Extract and cleaning of teeth @ R10

*** For more information, call Wajdi Abrahams on 082 874 9873 or Eunice Adonisi on 082 086 6392.

All the health services are free to children 15 years and younger. All services are offered on a first come, first served basis. Bring along your clinic card and child’s immunisation certificate.

The train opens at 08h00 and closes at 14h00. Each patient will be issued with a sticker upon their arrival. Patients are encouraged to come early.

The Phelophepa train arrives in Saldanha on 14 September and opens for service to the public on Monday 16 September 2019 at Saldanha Station. Services will end early on Friday 27 September, the last day of the Saldanha stay.

A transport plan has been developed, covering all towns within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area. Community members from all towns are requested to register at their local clinics and obtain a referral letter from the clinic, in order to access the transport.

MORE ABOUT THE PHELOPHEPA HEALTHCARE TRAIN:

The Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Train – the world’s first primary healthcare hospital on wheels – uses the existing rail network in South Africa to make quality medical care an accessible reality for many of South Africa’s most remote communities.

This nineteen-coach train, with its twenty resident staff members, fondly known as the “miracle train”, carries the most modern medical equipment on board.

Phelophepa is indeed a journey of hope that continues to make a history of caring. The name ‘Phelophepa’ combines elements of Sotho and Tswana and, roughly translated, means ‘good, clean health’ – which is exactly what this travelling health clinic provides.

The first of our much-loved Phelophepa Health Trains started operating in 1994. The Phelophepa Health Train has shown incredible growth since its humble beginnings as a three-carriage eye clinic.

The train travels for 35 weeks each year visiting a different rural community every week or two weeks throughout eight provinces. The success of the Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Train, together with the increased demand for healthcare services set in motion plans for another train. That dream became a reality when the second train, Phelophepa II, began operation in March 2012.

Although the Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Trains can only be in an area for a limited time, the goal is to supplement and support existing facilities to make sure the residents can continue benefitting from quality healthcare once the train has departed. Education and empowerment that leave better equipped and informed communities in its tracks is a core value of the Phelophepa programme.

  • Before the train rolls into town, teams are sent out to alert the community of the days the train will be delivering services. A comprehensive social mobilisation strategy is developed and implemented in collaboration with all of the local stakeholders in each community.
  • Relationships are established with the existing healthcare providers so that patients can be referred and continue to receive the care they need.
  • While the train is in the area, screening and healthcare education are the primary concerns. Nursing teams visit local schools to screen children for health-related problems and educate them about basic healthcare.

 

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Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the holistic, integrated development of a child during the first years of life in a socio-cultural (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, moral and intellectual development) context. Saldanha Bay Municipality plays a pivotal role in actively promoting a fair and just society that embodies respect, equity, community and active participation for all, especially children.

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Delegates discussed the realities of and best practices of ECD, clarifying the municipality’s role in integrated development planning and policy development. The two-day event provided stakeholders with knowledge and practical tools to utilise in their respective organisations and communities to assist with facilitating the development of children between the ages of 0 – 7 years.

Saldanha Bay Municipality has been earmarked through the National Development Plan 2030 as a SIP 5 destination which entails large scale industrialisation, based primarily on the Port of Saldanha and the newly created Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone. The consequence of the above-mentioned will continue to result in an influx of people into the municipal area.

The outcomes of the conference through an integrated development planning approach via WoSA was to create an environment where children can grow, thrive and be able to be better prepared for their future roles and responsibilities as functioning, well-adjusted adults within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area.

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  • Expenditure and budgeting reduction through sharing resources in service delivery, with the conference as a mechanism to advance towards an integrated approach to ECD services; and
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Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to recognize the importance that recycling plays worldwide in preserving resources and helping to conserve our environment.

March also marks the end of the first three-year municipal programme delivering the door-to-door recycling collection service to residents. Starting in Langebaan in 2016, the service was extended in the second year to Hopefield, Vredenberg, Paternoster and Jacobsbaai, with St Helena and Saldanha coming on stream in October last year. The service will continue into the next three-year financial period.

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