Phelophepha Train fast tracks help with COVID-19

Durban, South Africa -Phelophepa, a Sesotho and Tshivenda word meaning good, clean health is the name given to a train to be used as a mobile clinic to boost KwaZulu-Natal’s fight against Covid-19. The Phelophepa healthcare train’s aim is to provide quality medical care accessible to rural communities in KwaZulu Natal.

The specially fitted out healthcare train, donated by Transnet comprises of 19 coaches which can cater for all illnesses, not just COVID-19, and incorporates five clinics: psychology, general health, dental, eye care, and a pharmacy, and will be manned by eThekwini municipal clinic staff and SA National Defence Force medical staff.

The train will spend the next two weeks in five districts in the province, starting with eThekwini and iLembe before travelling to the King Cetshwayo District before going to Zululand, Ugu, Pietermaritzburg and uMgungundlovu.

The train travels across the country, rendering primary health-care services to the needy, and under-resourced communities. Transnet’s acting train manager, Dr Mathapelo Mashaphu said they had been mandated to come to KZN to assist in flattening the curve of the virus, adding that screening would be done with the help of nurses and medical personnel from the SANDF.

Premier Sihle Zikalala thanked Transnet for their donation and encouraged co-operation between the government structures and other entities to bring these vital services to communities.

Should anyone show symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit for more information.

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