- Veronica Bekoe, the Ghanaian scientist who invented the famous Veronica Bucket, has said she never thought her handiwork would go so far
- According to her, the idea came to her when she was on a work tour in some labs around the country and realised the handwashing practices weren't too healthy
- She also disclosed the correct way to use the Veronica Bucket, as some people use it wrongly
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Veronica Bekoe, a Ghanaian biological scientist in Ghana who invented the Veronica Bucket, has indicated that it is humbling to her that the tool is now used all over the country and in many parts of Africa.
In an interview with YEN.com.gh on Faces of Ghana, Veronica mentioned that the invention came about when she was thinking of a means to ensure effective handwashing, but she never thought her idea could become so useful to many people.
By way of throwing more light on this, the Ghanaian inventor revealed she came up with the innovation while she worked at the Public Health and Reference Laboratory of the Ghana Health Service decades ago.
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According to her, she had an opportunity to perform a survey on selected laboratories across the country and she read that effective handwashing was the best way to prevent infections.
However, while touring the laboratories, Veronica discovered that the practice was to use a bowl of water to wash hands, which promotes infection rather than reduces it because every hand touches the bowl.
It was at this point that the inventor decided to try the idea of fitting taps on buckets for safe handwashing.
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Before wrapping up, the inventor unveiled the correct way to use the buckets saying:
"First wet your hands with water and apply soap to make a lather. Then wash all parts of the hand thoroughly before rinsing with water. And very importantly, wash the top of the tap before you leave".
In a related report, a local Ghanaian taxi driver simply identified as Joe has created an ingenious hand-washing invention for passengers to help avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the car.
In a brief interview sighted by YEN.com.gh on the personal handle of Vivian Kai Lokko, the gentleman demonstrated how the device works automatically without any form of contact with the hand.
Interestingly, when asked what his level of education was to be able to propound such an amazing solution, Joe mentioned that he could not even make it to high school.
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