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Ebola 42 Days Zero Infection Competition! WHO Gets the Award? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Friday, 16 January 2015 20:28

It is not accurate to call this an event or a competition because quite often there is tradition behind the fluctuation of results in almost every district with the exception of Pujehun, and others that have been systematically recorded for zero infection. The truth here is that the Pujehun district in the south has emerged victorious over the other districts with uninterrupted successful zero infection cases.

In the fight to beat Ebola it is but now fitting for other districts including Western Area to compete with the other districts, following the foot- steps of the Pujehun district. The competition talking about here is a race sets for Western Area, and the zero and non- zero districts excluding ‘Pujehun’, the pride of Wanjama.

In this fight, behavior change, denial (trangayase), negative cultural and traditional beliefs are the set targets goal for the championship.

Sitting before the fire, with a cup of palm wine on her lap, Mamusu TennehK angbai, a mentally retarded 35 year old woman fumed at the Western Urban/Rural area Ebola results during the Championship(All-District Relay Race), and suddenly found herself on the ground with the palm wine all over her head. Mamusu, like a newly hatched chicken stood up and remarked, “I had a mental projection that both the Western Area Urban and Rural arrived at a 45 days zero rate tie at the same hour, same day, and respectfully emerged 2nd position, followed by Bombali 3rd position, covering 43 days zero infection rate”.  She told her 10 year old daughter Anita who was busy preparing the fire for the next meal. “Mama, are you dreaming, this is a win for Bonthe district”.

“I tip Port Loko for the Second or Third position”, Martha Cole a survivor predicts. “But where are Koinadugu, Kailahun, Kenema, and Kono in this competition”? Sixteen ( 16) year old Dauda of Kamathor village replied, “I tip one of them for the 2nd position.

Momodu from Kambia sitting by the fire side, waiting to get his own share from the yam and goat soup, kept quiet.

The debate continues and after a while there was commotion, amid considerable noise as to why the argument about the pros and cons of who wins the competition.

In case you are fortunate to read this piece, let your prediction began to bubble inside your brain, and choose the winners for the 2nd and 3rd Ebola Zero Infection District Award.

SOMETHING AROUND FOR THE SECOND AND THIRD POSITIONS

 

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