Two students of the Obuasi Senior High and Technical School, in the Ashanti Region, have received special commendations from President Akufo-Addo for their innovation and contribution towards the fight against COVID-19 by inventing a ‘COVID-19 prevention electronic bucket.’
A third individual, also Ghanaian, and a resident of Kumasi, Jude Osei has also been recognized for his ‘solar-powered handwashing sink invention.’
Speaking during his 5th Address on COVID-19, President Akufo-Addo described as impressive, the sense of innovation and enterprise being felt among Ghanaians in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I am equally impressed with the invention of a solar-powered handwashing sink by Jude Osei from Kumasi, and the ‘COVID-19 prevention electronic bucket’ made by Kelvin Owusu Dapaah and Richard Boateng, both students of Obuasi Senior High and Technical School. Necessity, indeed, is the mother of invention, as the Ghanaian sense of enterprise and innovation is beginning to be felt,” he noted.
Below is the said innovation from Obuasi Sec Tec
According to the President, as the need for Personal Protective Equipment has been outlined as one of the major tools in dealing with the disease, Government has begun consultations with local manufacturers to assist them to produce three million, six hundred thousand face masks, domestically.
“Government is aware that more needs to be done, especially in the face of the global shortage of PPEs. It is for this reason that Government is actively engaged with local manufacturing companies to assist them in the domestic production of PPEs., and I am encouraged by the response from the Ghanaian private sector. Domestic production of face masks, head covers, surgical scrubs and gowns will commence from Tuesday.”
“For example, three million, six hundred thousand face masks will be produced domestically, with an output of one hundred and fifty thousand (150,000) per day,” the President stated.
He further indicated that thus far, “three hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) masks, five hundred and fifty-eight thousand, six hundred and fifty (558,650) examination gloves, one thousand (1,000) reusable goggles, twenty thousand (20,000) cover-alls, seven thousand (7,000) N-95 respirators, five hundred (500) waterproof gumboots, two thousand (2,000) reusable face shields, two thousand (2,000) gallons of hand sanitizers, ten thousand (10,000) 100ml pieces of hand sanitizers, and five hundred (500) shoe covers have been sent to the regional health directorates, for onward distribution to the district health directorates for use by our health workers in all the districts. The Minister for Health is ensuring that they reach the health workers.”