South Africa's "ATM pharmacies" preventing patients from losing days waiting for medication

Johannesburg, South Africa Business, Current Affairs, Breaking News October 11 @ 6:51pm

Nearly 70 per cent of patients in South Africa wait between two to five hours for a doctor’s consultation, according to government figures. But now technology which is the first of its kind in the world and has involved development partners working with the banking sector, has slashed this time down to just three minutes. The “ATMs” dispense medication for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diabetes and other chronic conditions in Johannesburg townships. This is just the beginning of this type of technology being rolled out across Africa, according to the pharmacist spearheading it.
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