Tarkwa: Make Handwashing a Regular Practice – Shortbody Engineering and Mining Services

The producers of the newly invented Shortbody Super Handwashing Machine have admonished all Ghanaians to make handwashing part of their daily living practices, even in the aftermath of the deadly coronavirus disease. According to the group, this exercise will enhance personal hygiene and healthy living. The machine was launched in Tarkwa in the Western Region, where the company is based.

The team noted that strict observation and adoption of this personal protective etiquette henceforth, will not only contribute to winning the fight against COVID-19 but also reduce the likelihood of the outbreak of any future disease resulting from poor hygiene. The machine which is operated by foot provides water and soap for thorough hand washing. In addition, it dispenses both paper tissue and hand sanitizer for cleaning.

Speaking in an interview with the media after the launch of the touchless and self-powered handwashing machine, the spokesperson of the company, Mr. Kingsley Edmund Baidoo narrated the purpose of the machine, including promotion of healthy living in schools, hospitals, markets, sports facilities, public toilet facilities, work places and the general public strategic locations. In his view, the invention will significantly improve public health in the country.

However, he reckoned that this hygiene approach can effectively work when there is public commitment to make some of these mechanisms available and accessible to help make handwashing as a critical aspect of living realizable. Mr. Baidoo, who is also the Human Resources Manager of Shortbody Engineering and Mining Services in Tarkwa, said the company found it expedient to put their expertise to use in producing something that can help scale up Ghana’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

He further indicated that plans are far advanced to outdoor another mechanism that will make it convenient to flush away fecal matter in homes and public places without touching any button in order to promote good hygiene. Again, he revealed that other disabled-friendly features of the Shortbody Super Handwashing Machine are underway and they will be made public soon. The CEO of the company, Mr. Albert Arthur, popularly known as shortbody, thanked the people of Tarkwa for their unflinching support.

As part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality, the group has planned to donate some of the products to selected institutions in the area, including hospitals, police service, market places among others. The Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly, Mr. Gilbert Kennedy Asmah, who was the chairman of the programme commended the company’s timely production of the machine to support the efforts of the government in curbing the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

While urging the public to take the measures announced by the government seriously, he also appealed to all Ghanaians to shun the stigmatization of people who are infected with the disease, as it impedes efforts to trace and identify people with the disease. He further lamented on the increasing disregard for these protocols, which has led to the rise of cases in the Tarkwa area.

Against this backdrop, he reiterated the call by the His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the public to adhere strictly to the preventive protocols put in place by the government and the Ghana Health Service (GHS). In view of the rising number of cases in the municipality, the MCE called on hotel operators in the area to offer temporary accommodation to house and treat those who test positive to the virus.

A representative from the Ghana Health Service, Mr. Joel Abakulya who spoke on behalf of the Director of Public Health Promotions, Dr. Dacosta Aboagye, acknowledged that handwashing is relevant in the prevention of diseases. In this regard, he stated that the features of the machine make it efficient to use and a commendable novelty.

He noted that the innovation is profound, especially as users do not need to touch the taps with their hands to cause cross infections. “We all know that crisis brings out innovations and a typical example is the Shortbody Super Handwashing Machine which has come to be added to the history of Ghana.”, Mr. Abakulya said.

Also, he entreated the public to adhere to all the precautionary measures including wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands under running water with soap and staying at home if possible.

Source: Nana Esi Brew Monney