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Health Department Unveils Functionality of New Wellness Vending Machines



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The Health Department has introduced a pioneering initiative to improve access to essential healthcare products by deploying wellness vending machines.

Jacaranda FM reports the inaugural machine was launched at Mthatha Ultra City in the Eastern Cape. This innovative system offers a range of vital resources, including:

  • sanitary towels, 
  • pregnancy and HIV test kits, and 
  • various contraceptives, including emergency options.

13 vending machines will be strategically installed across five provinces, targeting locations frequented by young people, such as universities and shopping centres.

Health Department spokesperson Foster Mohale explained the operational process in a straightforward three-step procedure. First, individuals can contact a toll-free call centre or request a callback to receive personalised guidance from a medical professional.

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Upon consultation, users can select their preferred contraceptive or HIV prevention method and receive a unique code to input into the vending machine. This code activates the dispensing of the chosen product, ensuring privacy and convenience for the user.


Mohale emphasised the importance of these machines in catering to individuals who face challenges accessing traditional healthcare services, including those who work long hours or feel uncomfortable seeking assistance from local clinics.

Crucially, all services provided by the wellness vending machines are free of charge, with ongoing efforts to ensure regular replenishment of supplies in collaboration with provincial health departments.

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