Hyderabad, 21st June 2021,
The ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition in association with the Telangana State Government will take up the fourth round of the community-based sero-surveillance survey in Jangaon, Kamareddy and Nalgonda Districts of Telangana. This study is in continuation of the earlier three rounds conducted in these districts in May, August and December 2020. This survey will include all age groups like in the previous three phases – 10-17year adolescents and above 18 year adults and healthcare workers (HCWs). However, 6–9-year children are also being included for the first time,
IgG antibody based sero-positivity indicates the extent of spread in general population. This will help monitor the trends of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the general population and frontline workers, thus forming the basis for strengthening control measures for the impending spike in numbers, if any.
“This will be the fourth in the serial cross-sectional surveys, about 400 subjects will be covered from 10 villages of each of the three districts. In addition, 100 HCWs from district hospitals, community health centres and so on, will be covered from each district” said Dr A Laxmaiah, Head of the Public Health Division at ICMR-NIN and the co-ordinator of the survey
Dr Hemalatha R, Director, ICMR-NIN said, “the population based sero- epidemiological studies will help us determine the burden of COVID-19 infection at the community level. For this purpose, we are actively working in association with the Telangana state government. We are happy that the state health department and the district authorities have ensured smooth operationalization of this surveillance”