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NCDC, Delhi Govt jointly begin Serological Survey across Delhi

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The comprehensive survey was carried out across 11 districts of the national capital

Delhi government in association with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) conducted the national capital’s first Serological Survey, wherein, the healthcare workers visited door-to-door to collect blood samples for COVID test. 

The comprehensive survey was carried out across 11 districts of the national capital. State and district level teams have been identified to coordinate the testing across the state. 

Each team consisting of a doctor, lab technician, paramedical staff and a multipurpose worker (MPW) collected blood samples to detect relevant antibodies. All the teams were dispatched from Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Central Office at Nabi Karim.

A government official said, “Through this survey, the government wants to assess the present situation and understand the exact scenario. This test will help us know the percentage of people who suffered from COVID-19. This will further help us to make decisions on what needs to be done in the high-risk zones.”

“After the survey result, we will modify our strategy to fight Corona. This will also help in reducing panic among citizens,” said the official.

A medical expert while collecting samples at Moria khan, Paharganj said, “We are not collecting the samples forcefully, it is absolutely on a voluntary basis. We have maintained all the precautions because safety comes first. However, we expect people to cooperate with us. We all should fight this pandemic together.”

The survey has been designed to cover each and every section of society. It covers every district, every ward in which random houses are selected. Out of total persons tested for COVID-19, 30 per cent mandatorily have to be children.

The home ministry earlier informed about the Serological Survey to be conducted from June 27 till July 10 in which 20,000 samples are to be collected for testing.

To conduct this gigantic exercise volunteers have been trained on the ground by medical experts. The training of the survey team was completed on June 25.

Concern grew among the central and state government over a steady escalation in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported from Delhi.

Till date, 77240 total confirmed cases have been reported from Delhi.

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