The Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train will arrive in Mossel Bay and will be at the Mossel Bay station to provide health care services to the Mossel Bay public from Monday, 25 August 2014 to Friday, 29 August 2014, and from Monday, 1 September 2014 to Friday, 5 September 2014.
The aim with the train is to support the Department of Health as well as to provide services that are not yet available at all clinics. The train is operated on a day-to-day basis by a team of health care professionals. Most of the services are free, although fees may be payable in some cases. It will, however, be minimal and the most that anyone will pay, is R30 for a pair of spectacles.
The services provided include a basic health education programme for community volunteers. The aim of this programme is to inform them on issues such as personal and environmental hygiene, oral rehydration therapy, immunisation, family planning, prevention of STD’s, HIV and AIDS, alcohol abuse and smoking. It is anticipated that once trained these volunteers will be utilised as support systems in communities to Community Health Nurses and Workers.
Another service on the train is the Roche Health Clinic, of which the main function is to do screening for health problems and to do health education.
The Eye Clinic on the train provides screening for visual problems and ocular pathology while there is also a Dental Clinic which provides oral health education as well as a range of dental services. The majority of the services are free, although there will some charges. People are advised to come early as they will be assisted on a first-come first-served basis.
Qualified psychologists as well as final-year psychology students man the psychology/counselling unit on the train and provide individual and group counselling. This team also provides workshops on request to social workers, nurses, teachers, community centres, hospitals, clinics, religious leaders, police and parents.

More information on the train can be obtained from Ms Haylene Claassen at the Mossel Bay Municipality at telephone (044) 606-5228 or 0846503970 or by e-mail at

Raadslid Venolea Fortuin, Burgemeesterkomiteelid vir sosio-ekonomiese aangeleenthede het op Dinsdag, 26 Augustus die bestuurder van die trein ontmoet en ook die fasiliteite op die trein besigtig.

Die doel is om gesondheidsdienste, wat nog nie by klinieke beskikbaar is nie, aan die publiek van Mosselbaai te verskaf.
Dienste is die week tot 29 Augustus beskikbaar en weer vanaf Maandag 1 September tot Vrydag, 5 September 2014.
Vir meer inligting oor die trein kontak: Ms Haylene Claassen by Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit by:
044 606 5228 of
084 650 3970 •

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