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Assam IRS Officer brings first Sero Survey in state to map Covid-19 exposure

A serological test is performed to diagnose infections and autoimmune illnesses. It can also be conducted to check if a person has developed immunity to a certain disease.

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GUWAHATI: In its effort to map and understand the spreading of the novel coronavirus in Assam, the SRIJANASOM, a non-governmental organisation, working for the promotion of Indian Art & Culture, Education and for an accessible and affordable Health Care for all, has launched first ever serological survey in state starting from today.

The SRIJANASOM, in association with Medicity Guwahati Group of Clinic & Diagnostics, titled ” A.A.S.H.A – Assessment of Anti-SARSCoV2 Seroprevalence in Habitants of Assam: a population based cross sectional study” launched the survey here at the premises of the Medicity Guwahati Aditya in presence of Assam Junior Health Minister Pijush Hazarika; MD, National Health Mission, Assam; and IRS officer from Assam Padmapani Bora who has been instrumental in carrying out this study.

A serological test is performed to diagnose infections and autoimmune illnesses. It can also be conducted to check if a person has developed immunity to a certain disease.

Speaking on this occasion, Minister Pijush Hazarika thanked IRS Padmapani Bora and SRIJANASOM for taking the efforts and making this study possible in Assam much ahead to several other states.

Speaking on the launching of the survey study, Mridusmita Das, Managing Trustee cum CEO, SRIJANASOM asserted that this study will help in knowing the distribution of coronavirus infection, which might have been missed by the currently applied testing strategy and method, the extent of immunity of the population of Assam to this infection, and hence the transmission and also to stage the ongoing epidemic in the context of Assam.

“Also, this opportunity might be utilized for raising awareness about plasma donation by the recovered people,” Das added.

The survey study is being carried out in association of Medicity Group of Clinics & Diagnostics, Guwahati which will provide assistance in sample collection and laboratory testing.

Study analysis will be carried out under supervision of Dr Jyotismita Pathak, MD, Community Medicine & Assist. Professor, Army Medical College, New Delhi.

Dr. Khalil Siddique expresses his gratitude to SRIAJANASOM for giving this opportunity to collaborate in this noble cause. He further said that the study will understanding the level of corona virus exposure in specified population in a scientific approach. 

IRS officer Padmapani Bora who is instrumental in carrying out this study expresses his satisfaction for being able to contribute in the fight against Covid-19 by way helping in carrying out this first ever sero-survey in Assam to estimate Covid anti bodies. He further said that study will help in estimating immunity level developed by various group of population in the state against corona virus and taking further specific containment measures.

Earlier, the Indian Council of Medical Research advised states to conduct sero-survey to measure Coronavirus exposure in the population using IgG Elisa Test (Antibody test) on May 30. Moreover, National Health Mission, Assam has also issued concurrence to the study and has issued to copy the concurrence to all District Commissioners across Assam to support SRIJANASOM to support in the proposed study. States like Delhi, Maharashtra have already conducted such studies.

Notably, the Assam DownTown University has also granted Ethical Clearance to the current study conducted for the first time in Assam after Delhi and Maharastra.