01 January 2015

At the end of 2014 Dawnus International Limited completed the construction of two Ebola Treatment Units with a combined value of £2.7m.

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.

Dawnus, using local labour and expat supervision, completed both facilities in just 7 weeks, in time to handover to the end user charities in December 2014.

Located in Port Loko and Makeni, both high risk areas for Ebola infection, each unit will provide treatment facilities for 100 patients. Both units comprise 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 has 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 and UK suppliers and fabricators, have each contributed to a worthy cause in the fight to eradicate Ebola in this part of Sierra Leone.