Short Body Engineering supports fight against COVID-19 with innovative hand washing machine


Short Body Engineering Company Limited, an indigenous Ghanaian company based in Tarkwa has given a huge push to the fight against COVID-19 with the introduction of it’s newly invented hand washing machine.

The super hand washing machine comes with three paddles for liquid soap, water and hand sanitizer. A solar light panel is also installed on it.

One of the unique advantages of this manual machine is that it is operated by leg, thus, users avoid touching it with their hands.

The inventor of this unique hand washing machine, Eng. Albert Arthur, disclosed that he was inspired to undertake such an invention after government set up safety protocols and advised the public to refrain from touching their faces with their hands so as to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“I decided to come out with this machine because the Veronica Buckets are being controlled by hands so inventing a machine to be controlled by legs will be in better position to contain the spread of COVID-19”, he said.

He made this known to the media when Short Body Engineering Company donated four of its newly super hand washing machine to the government to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, Gilbert Asmah, after receiving the machines, spoke against the trend of stigmatization in the municipality, stating that this unfortunate development was partly being fueled by the media.

“The media has a crucial role to play in sharing reliable and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting audience understanding of the public health measures that governments are putting in place so if that same platform is used to mock or stigmatized then we are dead as a country,” he said.

The MCE disclosed that the municipality is struggling to get a hotel to use as an isolation center because of stigmatisation.

“I prefer using hotel as an isolation center to hostels and boarding houses because accessibility of toilet and other facilities will be adequate but the owners think people will be pointing their hands on their hotels so it will affect their investment but am pleading with the hoteliers to release their hotels because it will be disinfected after use and the government will also pay for usage”, he said.

Tarkwa municipality has sent 850 samples so far to laboratory for testing and the first 450 came out with 15 positive cases with 3 from Prestea Huni Valley.

Source: Ghana | | Nana Fynn, Takoradi


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