Srinagar, June 8:Pulwama district of south Kashmir would go for the fourth round of Indian Council of Medical Research’s population-based sero survey.
A statement issued here said that ICMR is conducting the fourth round of ‘National sero-survey for COVID-19’ in June 2021 in the same 70 districts in which the first three rounds were conducted.
This survey would cover the general population aged 6 years and above and healthcare workers working in district hospitals of these districts.
The findings of the sero survey would help in ascertaining the current situation of Covid-19 situation in India.
In J&K, the survey would be conducted in Pulwama district through Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar during the third week of June for which a meeting with DC PulwamaBaseer-ul-Haq, CMO PulwamaDrHassina Mir and District Epidemiologist Dr Syed Arshad was held to chalk out the plan as per the ICMR guidelines.
During the survey, 400 blood samples would be collected across the already-designated 10 cluster and 100 samples from healthcare providers in district Pulwama, said Dr S Muhammad Salim Khan, HOD Community Medicine and Nodal Officer for Pulwama study by ICMR.
In last three rounds conducted in 2020, the sero-prevalence of SARS CoV-2 infection among general population was found to be 2 percent, 27.3 percent and 31.5 percent during the months of May-June, August-September and December 2020.
This fourth round has important significance due to the widespread infection during the second Covid-19 wave and the vaccination drive against SARS CoV-2 infection among the adult population during last four to five months
The study for Pulwama district is coordinated by ICMR’s National Institute of Epidemiology and facilitated by National Institute of Research on Tuberculosis Chennai .