Hundreds at Phelophepa Train
Very early Monday morning, the staff of the Phelophepa Healthcare Train parked at the George railway station were greeted by clients who had arrived during the night to ensure that they were first in the queue for the health services offered by the train.
The train is fitted with numerous clinics including dentistry, optometry and general medical and psychological services, in which a host of ailments can be tested and treated.
Patrick Kgaphola, the train manager, said he is very happy with the ground work that was done in George and the surrounding areas. "Our outreach campaign to the communities has been very effective. The Phelophepa staff also go out to old age homes and primary schools to render the services offered on the train."
The eye and dental clinics are the most popular with the public. Counselling and psychology services to individuals and workshops to help cope with stress, abuse, conflict, death, parenting and working through emotions are also available.
The Phelophepa Train of hope was established in 1994, operating as a mobile eye clinic.
The following year the need for wider primary health care was recognised and a more comprehensive array of health care services were added. Each of the clinics on the train has a dedicated carriage that has been specifically designed to meet its needs.
Our outreach campaign to the communities has been very effective.
Mercia Draghoender (left), portfolio councillor for Community Development, and the Phelophepa train manager, Patrick Kgaphola, outside the psychology coach clinic. Kgaphola said the psychology unit on the train is underutilised.