- Veronica Buckets, a common tool used to provide running water for effective hand-washing, were invented by a genius Ghanaian woman named Veronica Bekoe
- Veronica Bekoe is a biologist who came up with the ingenious idea with the goal of helping reduce the rate of diarrhoea cases in Ghana and beyond
- The innovation has become particularly crucial in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic which currently plagues the world
Mrs Veronica Bekoe, a brilliant Ghanaian woman, has been the brain behind the widely known and used Veronica Buckets that provide running water for hand-washing.
A report by educationghana.net sighted by Briefly.co.za indicates that the smart Ghanaian came up with the innovation whilst she worked at the Public Health and Reference Laboratory of the Ghana Health Service from 1972 to 2008.
Veronica invented the Veronica Bucket with the motivation of helping reduce diarrhoea cases in Ghana and other African countries which were rampant back in the day.
Since its introduction, Veronica Bucket has significantly improved hand-sanitation and general hygienic practices in Ghana and other African countries and has been recommended by the Ghana Health Service for hand sanitation.
The invention consists of a wooden stand which holds the bucket, towel, and soap, and a washbasin placed below the spigot to collect the running water.
It is usually used at hospitals and schools to encourage handwashing under running water and its use has become particularly helpful in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic when hand-washing is a crucial way to combat the disease.
Veronica Bekoe attended the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology between 1968 to 1972 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Hons) in Biology/Biological Sciences.
She has also worked as a focal person for the National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NACP).
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