This wonderful news comes to us from Ghana.
Ghana is a minuscule nation, but that has not got into the way of utilizing good old fashioned common sense with a bit of ingenuity to come up with a solution in the fight against COVID-19.
Kumasi is the cultural capital of the nation and here a 2 week old lockdown inspired a man to come up with a radical tool to help fight the Coronavirus.
In less than 48 hours, 32 year old shoemaker Richard Kwarteng and his brother Jude Osei happened to gather all the necessary supplies and ingredients to turn an old recycled metal barrel into a solar powered hand washing basin in order to encourage sanitation habits in their neighborhood.
The basin is set to run on a 25 second timer in keeping with the CDC guidelines for the duration of a handwash. The basin has elements of plumbing as well as engineering elements like alarms, sensors, and a motherboard. However the wash basin in totality works like a normal, hands free sink.
Fortunate for the two brothers, the street markets of Ghana stock every little thing under the sun and this enabled them to finish the invention with the help of a friend who works as an electrician in under 5 days.
Osei recorded a video of Kwarteng demonstrating how to use the device and posted it on social media. The video went viral immediately and the brothers were overwhelmed by the huge numbers of likes and shares.
Two days after the video went viral, the Ghanaian government workers got in touch with the brothers to see if more machines could be set up in other cities of the country.
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