Madam Veronica Bekoe, the inventor of the Veronica Bucket has recounted how she is unable to patent her invention due to frustration and numerous bureaucratic processes she is always subjected to.
The invention of the Ghanaian biological scientist has gone global as far as proper handwashing is concerned. Veronica bucket, a normal bucket fitted with a tap, has become a household name in Ghana in this era of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic where proper handwashing is proven to be a major safety precaution in halting the spread of the virus.
Speaking on Accra-based Peace FM on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Madam. Veronica Bekoe who invented this special kind of bucket to aid handwashing about 30 years ago revealed she has been unable to secure the patent right to her invention due to bureaucracy at the Office of the Registrar-General.
“At that time, I used to get to the office at 7 a.m. to ensure that all laboratory tests were ready. Being tossed about, with no clarity on how to proceed, was difficult and I could not find the opportunity to continue with it because of work,” she said.
Madam Veronica expressed worry over the mass production and exports of her buckets without recognition of her effort.
She is thus appealing to the current government to help her secure the patent right to her invention which is currently used internationally in the fight against COVID-19.
“I am not trying to take advantage of an unfortunate situation with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease that has resulted in the mass production and use of the buckets everywhere. However, my call is to set out the fact that the invention is mine,” the retired biological scientist said.