Imagine a world without healthcare. A world where illnesses and ailments are left to wreak havoc in a person’s life.
For some, healthcare is virtually non-existent. Due to financial constraints or there being no medical facilities in their areas, these people are forced to endure a life of poor health.
However, there is a glimmer of hope and it is set to roll into Newcastle on January 21. The Phelophepa Train, the train of hope, will arrive at Newcastle Train Station on January 21 and will remain until January 25. It will then return on January 28 until February 1.
For 23 years, the Phelophepa Train has brought much needed medical and educational services to impoverished rural areas of South Africa.
With over 40 permanent staff and numerous volunteers manning the train, the Phelophepa train is more than a mobile hospital.
It provides out-reach and educational programs and has far reached 23.5 million people since it rolled out in 1994. Making it the world’s biggest mobile clinic.
During its stay in Newcastle, residents can expect the following services:
Cancer and diabetes educare
- Free diabetes screening
- Free cancer education
- Papsmears, which will be for free
- Free prostate and breast screenings.
- Medicine – which will cost R5 per prescription
- Free eye tests
- All glasses for a price of R30
- Eye drops for R5
The eye clinic services do not include operations or bifocals.
- These services are available to people and includes workshops to help cope with stress, abuse, conflict, death, parenting, discipline, empowerment and working through emotions. This will all be free of charge.
- Free screening and education
- Extractions, fillings and cleanings are available.
- Two procedures will cost R10
- Three procedures will cost R15
- All procedures for children will cost R5.
Offering an array of healthcare services, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to care for your health.