The Executive Director (ED) of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, has said, the construction of the first-ever infectious disease treatment facility in Ghana in response to the coronavirus pandemic is ample evidence of Ghanaian ingenuity and patriotism.
The ED further explained that the GhIE is one of the key institutions that partnered with the Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund to bring the project to fruition. The GhIE collaborated with other built environment professionals from conceptualisation to the execution of the project. This voluntary contribution is part of a coordinated interdisciplinary effort to support the Ghana Government’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.The centre was commissioned on the 24th July by the Vice-President of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Ing. Agyepong noted, such collaboration is all in support of government’s efforts to bring the Covid-19 epidemic under control and it’s a good testimony of what Ghanaians can achieve together.
“This pandemic has brought the best out of Ghanaians,” he says.
“The fact that the private sector can put together funding for the public good and as built environment professionals we are also chipping in is a very heathy sign. We presented a document to the Ghana Health Service and one of its recommendations was that we should have a facility such as this one and that’s why we are contributing to it. It shows that the Ghanaian in times of need can rally together and put the nation first and support ourselves.”
He noted: “This facility had to be up very quickly and so we used innovativeconstruction methods and we are satisfied with the result.”
Our Engineers worked around the clock to deliver this 100bed facility within three months using the environmentally friendly Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) system. The EPS system has superior thermal efficiency, offers a high strength-to-weight ratio and is quick to install. The EPS system is an attractive option for this infectious diseases facility as it is virtually airtight and prevents harmful pollutants and allergens from getting inside the facility.
GhIE Engineers were also responsible for the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Sanitation and Engineering Services.
The GhIE team was led by Ing. Magnus Asiedu (Mechanical Engineer/Eng. Team Lead) and included Ing. Ebenezer Ato Roberts (Electrical Engineer), Ing. Clement Kojo Amole (Structural Engineer), Ing. Daolom Dzikunu (Mechanical Engineer), Ing Etua Emmanuel Obeng (Civil Engineer), Mr. Isaac Osei (Structural Engineer Asst.), Mr. Solomon Kwaku Tamakloe(Structural Engineer Asst.) and Elorm Kumahor(Electrical Engineer Asst.)