Ph­elophepa train mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

PH­ELOPHEPA Pri­mary Health Care Train con­tin­ues to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives, by not only pro­vid­ing health care to the needy but also tem­po­rary jobs.

This view­point was shared by Transnet Gen­eral Man­ager for Co­op­er­ate Af­fairs, Zeph Ndlovu.

He was speak­ing dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of a 10 days Transnet Ph­elophepha Health Care Train held at Em­pan­geni Rail on Mon­day.

‘We re­main com­mit­ted to pro­vide cit­i­zens with health care ser­vices such as eye screen­ing, can­cer screen­ing and oral hy­giene.

‘We also write re­fer­ral let­ters to hos­pi­tals such as Ng­welezana to en­sure that our pa­tients do get med­i­cal at­ten­tion, even if we are not here.

‘We started this pro­gramme in 1994 af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that there were so many peo­ple who were strug­gling to get med­i­cal as­sis­tance, as some of them could not af­ford the costs.

‘We hire gen­eral work­ers, nurses and in­ter­preters from this re­gion to help doc­tors and to do gen­eral clean­ing work.

‘The de­mand for this pro­gramme is very high. As peo­ple in the freight busi­ness, this is our way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,’ said Ndlovu who en­cour­aged res­i­dents to live a healthy life­style.

Scores of com­mu­nity mem­bers through­out King Cetshwayo Dis­trict started flock­ing to the Rail on Sun­day, to en­sure they get their med­i­cal checkup and leave as early as pos­si­ble.

King Cetshwayo Dis­trict Mayor, Nonhle Mkhulisi also wel­comed the Transnet Ph­elophepha Health Pro­gramme.

‘This pro­gramme fits in well with gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­ity list, which is ed­u­ca­tion, fol­lowed by health.

‘Some of th­ese ser­vices cost a for­tune in pri­vate hos­pi­tals, and are not eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble at pub­lic hos­pi­tals ow­ing to long queues,’ she said.

Den­tist Dr Wilton Neill van Sit­ters and Themba Tsotso clean­ing one of the Transnet Ph­elophepa Train pa­tient’s teeth

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