EOH mobilises containers in virus battle

18 May 2020

The group believes there is potential to develop the concept into a commercial enterprise that could be used elsewhere.

Mohammed Rawat, regional manager at Dihlase, said his team came up with the idea for ICULATE isolation wards, adapting locally shipping containers into mobile ICU units. The 12m containers are partitioned to create a 6m isolation ward and an adjacent plant room that services it. A single container could take one or two beds that can be put onto a truck and taken anywhere in SA or internationally.

Multiple containers together in a cluster could form an emergency facility in a field hospital setting, which could include between 8 and 30 units grouped together.

The units can also be used for other facilities such as dental surgeries, which will need extra protection as lockdown restrictions ease and people return to dentists