ICMR TEAM IN LUDHIANA, TO START SUR­VEY TO­DAY

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPOTLIGHT - Mo­hit Khanna mo­hit.khanna@ht­dig­i­tal.com

LUDHIANA: A 14-mem­ber team from the In­dian Coun­cil for Med­i­cal Re­search (ICMR) has ar­rived in Ludhiana to as­sess the spread of Covid-19 and the im­pact of the virus on peo­ple’s im­mune sys­tem.

Con­firm­ing the de­vel­op­ment, civil sur­geon Dr Ra­jesh Bagga said that the team, which is coming from Pathankot, is in city for two days.“Start­ing Tuesday, they will visit ar­eas from where Covid-19 cases were re­ported and also those from where no case of the in­fec­tion was re­ported,” he said while adding that the team will also as­sess if the com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion process has started or not.

Be­fore vis­it­ing the city, the team had con­ducted sur­veys in Pa­tiala, Jalandhar, Gur­daspur and Pathankot, said Dr Bagga.

Sources said that the team has di­vided the dis­tricts into 10 zones. The team will also col­lect sam­ples from these zones and an­a­lyse fac­tors such as pop­u­la­tion den­sity and NRIs and peo­ple from other states liv­ing in the area.

The ICMR team will also visit ru­ral ar­eas to check the spread. The ex­perts will meet cured pa­tients too. Depart­ment sources said the team will take 400 ran­dom sam­ples for two days in the district. Blood sam­ples will be taken for the pur­pose of un­der­stand­ing the trans­mis­sion of the virus and the ex­tent of an­ti­bod­ies in peo­ple in the area. The team will also try to un­der­stand the im­mu­nity lev­els of dif­fer­ent age groups. Civil sur­geon Dr Ra­jesh Bagga said that se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cer, med­i­cal of­fi­cers, and Asha work­ers will also ac­com­pany the team to the area.

WILL AS­SESS THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND THE IM­PACT OF THE VIRUS ON PEO­PLE’S IM­MUNE SYS­TEM

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