Today was a massive spraying day. We had to disinfect a really badly affected village where there were about forty houses to spray. We seemed to be disinfecting every other house as we walked along the road. One place, where five people had died, had been taken down completely. We moved systematically through the village with the car following us carrying water for our chlorine solutions.
This afternoon I had time to go to the market to buy some essentials for the team (loo paper, tomato paste) and some treats (fresh tomatoes, green oranges and some peanuts). It was a small market and obviously it wasn’t market day because most of the wooden stalls were empty and there wasn’t much for sale. On a couple of stalls there were a few tomatoes arranged in pairs, one balanced on top of the other. One pair cost 100 Congolese Francs (500 is about 1USD) so I bought two tables worth.
There were chillis of different colours, so I bought some pale peach-coloured ones. I got a strange fruit that looked a bit like a pomegranate, three large cupfuls of peanuts and a declaration of love from the man selling tomato paste. I managed to gather quite a crowd as I negotiated. They wanted to know what I was doing here – I could hear “Ebola” being whispered amongst them.