Delhi: Mohalla clinic gets a medicine dispensing machine

Published on Aug 23, 2016 11:53 PM IST

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.

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.
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.
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

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 vending machine, which uses sensor technology to automatically dispense medicines based on a doctor’s prescription, is like a mini-pharmacy. It will have up to 50 different types of medicines, both tablets and syrups.

“Earlier, the medicines were being distributed by the helper, directly under the supervision of the doctor. With the installation of the machine, the patients would be able to collect their medicines directly from the machine,” a government official said

The machine will dispense the medicine only when a doctor prescribes them on a connected tablet, a government official said. He claimed this is the first such machine to be installed in India.

Read: Eight lakh treated in five months at Delhi mohalla clinics

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.

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    Anonna Dutt is a health reporter at Hindustan Times. She reports on Delhi government’s health policies, hospitals in Delhi, and health-related feature stories.

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