Since the index case of COVID-19 was announced in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised that the most effective way of curtailing the spread is through hand washing and a few others including social distancing. Sequel to the announcement, a Ghanaian genius, Richard Kwarteng Aning, has designed a solar-powered sensitive hand-washing sink to help the Ghanaian government fight against the spread of coronavirus.
The invention was introduced to the government and the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) has already welcomed the innovation by certifying the breathtaking invention to allow its commercial production amid the race to slow the spread of the deadly virus.
“It’s a small beginning, I would admit but it’s a huge progress for the Ghanaian industry. If other companies will realize that their responsibility is to partner with others so that they can produce a lot of good products and profit then we can be self-sufficient,” the Chief Executive Officer of the GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo said.
“That is the type of efforts we have been telling industries to make. Industries must rise to push themselves. There are so many areas. This is a small product with a massive impact, in fact, it’s a mega leap for us if you are thinking of domestic self-sufficiency and building domestic capacities.”
He further said that “It is complex to see how the inventor can move very fast, however, what the standard authorities pledge is that we have a team of civil engineers, biomedical and engineers, so we have promised him that we are excited to partner on behalf of the authority to help them to scale up.”
Created from a recycled barrel, the sink is made with a double-tap, one for soap while the other for water.
Enhanced with an inbuilt sensor, the solar-powered sink automatically gushes a flow of soapy water immediately when a hand goes beneath the tap. It then follows with an alarm notifying the user of a switch to the other tap to discharge water which lasts for 25 seconds.
Richard Kwarteng Aning, a marketing graduate with a BSC, hopes the certification will help in the government fight to cool the spread of the deadly virus, stating that he had created a factory for mass production.
“We are going to hire many people and get this thing to circulate the market because we are receiving lots of calls for more orders and we can’t fail Ghanaians and Africans.”
“So, we have to give this our best. That is why we forged ties with the GSA to get this standardized for the international market,” Richard was quoted as saying.