In a first, an automatic medicine vending machine was installed at an aam aadmi mohalla clinic in Todapur on Tuesday, reducing paperwork for doctors at the neighbourhood health centres. The machine uses sensor technology to dispense medicines, and is based on a doctor’s prescription. It will have up to 50 different types of medicines, both tablets and syrups. “An automatic medicine-vending machine has been installed at one of our mohalla clinics. It will have different types of medicines, both tablets and syrups,” an official said. USAID and WISH, under the project SCALE, have jointly funded the manufacturing of this unique machine. They also aim to setup similar machines in nine other Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics across the state.
“Earlier, the medicines were being distributed by the helper, directly under the supervision of the doctor” This new mechanism saves the need for a full-time pharmacist and helps doctors keep a tab on the medicines that are being distributed off the counter. The vending machine will streamline the medicine dispensing protocol, cut the need for a full-time pharmacist, and helps the doctor better manage the medicine stock and keep a check on whether the right drugs are issued. It frees the doctor from non-clinical activities and allows more time for interaction with patients. These machines will be installed in nine other mohalla clinics under the first phase. They may be installed in others after a cost-benefit analysis, an official said. At present, 105 mohalla clinics are running across Delhi under the aam aadmi mohalla clinic project, 1,000 such clinics will be set to strengthen primary health care in the city and reduce the burden on tertiary care hospitals. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also retweeted a picture of the machine.
(With inputs from PTI)