At the end of October 2014 Dawnus International was awarded the contract for the construction of two Ebola Treatment Units. The projects were funded by the UK Government Department for International Development with design and coordination undertaken by the Royal Engineers from the British Army.
Located in Port Loko and Makeni, both high risk areas for Ebola infection, each unit provides treatment facilities for 100 patients. Dawnus, using local labour and expat supervision, completed each facility within 7 weeks, prior to handover to end user charities.
Each unit provides secure patient wards and ablutions, laboratory testing and decontamination facilities associated with the treatment necessary in addition to administration and welfare facilities for the medical staff. Consisting of 15 block built buildings and 22 tented structures, each site required 2,000 tonnes of concrete, 2.5km of fencing, 10,000 blocks, 1.0km of drainage and 5km of electrical and water services.
Despite several design changes for end-user requirements, prolonged rainy seasons, unsuitable ground and the lack of suitable infrastructure and materials, the Dawnus teams delivered these projects at a phenomenal rate, working scheduled days off, extended hours and through some torrential weather. Each site team of over 100 personnel working in relatively confined sites, supported by our fabrication facility in Romende, local suppliers and fabricators and EMC in the UK, have each contributed to a worthy cause in the fight to eradicate Ebola in Sierra Leone.
44 Dawnus International employees were subsequently awarded the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa by the UK Government for their help in fighting the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone. The medals were awarded to both civilian and military personnel who were involved in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.
In addition to the Ebola Treatment Centre, we were involved in a number of initiatives to fight the outbreak. Our team worked with local authorities to contribute to the fight against Ebola, including participating in an awareness campaign, and providing communications equipment, soap, essential detergents, chlorine, fuel, masks, goggles, gloves, thermometers and other equipment to the local community.
UK Government Department for International Development