COVID-19 combat: Taiwan ATMs dispensing face masks

COVID-19 combat: Taiwan ATMs dispensing face masks | Africanews
Face masks have become a key fixture across the world as part of efforts aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Most countries in Africa have turned to local production to cater for needs of the population.
In Taipei City’s Xinyi District Health Center people take patiently to the queue. But they are not waiting to see a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
They’re here to use a vending machine. Taipei has started selling face masks in automated machines like this. A technological slant to a medical purchase.
The method lightens the workload of pharmacists who were spending precious time distributing the gear to people. The surgical masks are purchased through the Name-Based Mask Distribution System amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
“There have to be sets of equipment at certain places to help us implement the Name-Based Mask Distribution System and determine who can buy,” says Lu Hsin-ke, Commissioner at Taipei City Government’s Department of Information Technology.
“When a buyer is certified, allowed to buy and has paid, the buyer has to obtain the masks. Automatic mask vending machines can implement this whole procedure to make it even simpler with less or no workforce and more efficiency. They can also lower the risks of infection via human contact,” he added.
“When a buyer is certified, allowed to buy and has paid, the buyer has to obtain the masks. Automatic mask vending machines can implement this whole procedure to make it even simpler with less or no workforce and more efficiency. They can also lower the risks of infection via human contact,” he added.

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