Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, Ghana to be precise, the veronica bucket has been a forerunner in the fight against the pandemic. As one of the top recommendations by WHO to regularly wash hands with soap under running water, many have resorted to the use of the Veronica bucket to solve the issue of running water at vantage points
The veronica bucket is a sanitation set-up idea where a tap is fixed at the bottom of a bucket or barrel with the aim to solve the issue of hand washing.
It was invented over 25 to 30 years ago by Mrs Veronica Bekoe, a Public Health Service worker as a social innovation to ensure safe hand hand washing among her laboratory colleagues where she worked at the time. It was later be adopted for use by clinics in locations where access to running water was a challenge and then to help reduce cholera cases across Ghana and Africa.
The Veronica bucket have been approved and recommenced by the Ghana Health Service for use in the global fight against the Corona Virus.
We celebrate Mrs Veronica Bekoe for this innovation three decades ago, which as turned out to be a lifesaver in these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.