The School of Trade Training (S of TT) of the Ghana Air Force on Monday 23 March, 2020 invented an automated hand washing Machine to facilitate the washing of hands as one of the precautionary measures in the fight against Coronavirus.
This initiative was motivated by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air vice Marshal Frank Hanson, who encouraged the School to focus more on inventions in order to upgrade to meet current societal and technological expansion.
The Officer Commanding the School, Wing Commander Yaw Gyamfi in his remarks said the School had invented many gadgets and machines as part of student’s practical project work. The hand washing machine he added seeks to complement the measures put in place by the Ghana Air Force to curb the spread of the virus. He further disclosed that after the prototype was exhibited, series of orders had followed from notable individuals and institutions.
Avionics instructor in the School, F/Sgt Ocran Richard during the model demonstration said the hand washing machine is a dual purpose which enables two people to wash their hands at both ends at the same time. He disclosed that the prototype has an in-built sensor that dispenses water and liquid soap automatically the hands are placed 2cm close to the sensors. It also comes with a tissue dispenser and a bin for collecting tissue waste. This feature makes it user friendly and appropriate in this COVID-19 era since all are advised to refrain from touching surfaces, he added.
The model is powered by Hydropower with a backup battery which could last 24 hours in the event of any power outage. He further disclosed that plans are far advanced to manufacture the solar powered version of the device which would serve communities not connected on the national grid.