Admn gears up for sero-sur­vey

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htregion -

CHANDIGARH: The UT ad­min­is­tra­tion is gear­ing up for con­duct­ing a sero­log­i­cal sur­vey in the city.

A sero-sur­vey in­volves test­ing of blood serum of a group of in­di­vid­u­als to be used in mon­i­tor­ing the trends in preva­lence of the novel coro­n­avirus in the city.

The mat­ter was dis­cussed at the war room meet­ing held un­der Pun­jab gov­er­nor and UT ad­min­is­tra­tor VP Singh Badnore on Mon­day. A se­nior UT of­fi­cial said that Badnore has asked the di­rec­tor health ser­vices to keep the mo­bile teams ready, which can be utilised for the sero­log­i­cal sur­vey as and when a fi­nal de­ci­sion is taken in con­sul­ta­tion with the Union health min­istry.

The Haryana gov­ern­ment is al­ready con­duct­ing a statewide sero-sur­vey while the neigh­bour­ing state of Pun­jab had re­cently re­leased find­ings of its first sur­vey car­ried out in five con­tain­ment zones. The Delhi gov­ern­ment had also re­leased its sec­ond sero-sur­vey find­ings, which showed nearly 29% sero­preva­lence in the Cap­i­tal.

In the sero-sur­vey, blood sam­ples are ran­domly col­lected from var­i­ous high-risk pop­u­la­tion groups—based on the cat­e­gories iden­ti­fied by the In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search (ICMR), to look for an­ti­bod­ies for Covid-19.the an­ti­bod­ies are gen­er­ated in the body as an im­mune re­sponse to fight the in­fec­tion.

“The PGIMER will work out the lo­gis­tics. It is al­ready help­ing Haryana con­duct a sur­vey,” the UT of­fi­cial said.

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