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Withdraw your medication at the 'ATM pharmacy

L Dunjwa

The ANC will always ensure that South Africans have access to comprehensive quality health care services, irrespective of their socio-economic status. We thus commend the Gauteng Provincial Government for launching the Pharmacy Dispensing Unit, in Alexandria, Johannesburg, on Thursday, 15 March 2018- the first of its kind in Africa. The Pharmacy Dispensing Unit operates like an ATM, as it dispenses medication. The launch of this technology has been made possible by the partnership between the Health Department with the non-profit organisation Right to Care and Right ePharmacy.

The Pharmacy Dispensing Unit has already been tried and tested during its pilot phase, which saw 4000 patients withdraw their medicines at the ATM pharmacy. A total of 18 000 medicines were dispensed during its trial run. The PDU uses world class technology that allows patients to enter their unique PIN code to withdraw medication handpicked by a robotic arm. In Gauteng, over 400 00 patients receive their medication off-site as part of the department's strategy to reduce pressure on healthcare facilities and this will help reduce the lengthy queues for chronic medication at health facilities. The ANC is also awaiting for this the technology to become available in Soweto soon.

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