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 in 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 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 due to long queues,’ she said.