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Kenya boy honoured with presidential reward for inventing hand washing machine

Stephen Wamukota from Bungoma County in western Kenya was the youngest of 68 people to receive the award from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 8, 2020 7:00:55 pm
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A nine-year-old Kenyan boy was honoured with a presidential award after he came up with a hand washing machine to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in his country.

Stephen Wamukota from Bungoma County in western Kenya was the youngest of 68 people to receive the award from President Uhuru Kenyatta, reported CNN.

The semi-automatic machine was built using wood, nails and a water tanker. The machine has two-foot pedals, one for releasing soap and the other for water. It allows a user to wash their hands without touching any of the surfaces with their hands.

Many who came across Wamukota’s invention praised him for his creativity. Take a look at some of the comments here:

Wamukota’s father, James, told CNN that his son came up with the machine after watching news reports about the virus and how to prevent its spread.

“The first time the president announced Covid-19 infection in our country, it was said that everyone should wash their hands regularly to prevent the virus. My son told me that time that he had come up with a structure to help make handwashing easier, “James told the channel.

Over 2000 people have tested positive for the virus in Kenya with the death toll at 84 so far.

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