GUWAHATI: With COVID19 situation continuing its havoc across the country as well as Assam; Srijanasom, an NGO working for the promotion of Indian art and culture, education and affordable health care for all, has proposed to conduct a serological survey study in Assam 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”.
The study will be made under the supervision of Dr. Jyotismita Pathak, MD, Community Medicine, Army Medical College, New Delhi and Head of Policy and Program with Srijanasom.
The ICMR in May had advised all the states to conduct serosurvey to measure coronavirus exposure in the population using IgG Elisa Test (antibody test).
Mridusmita Das, Managing Trustee and CEO, Srijanasom said that the proposed study will cover the population from different districts of Assam as well as possible groups and community. She said that it would be the first time that such a serological survey study would be conducted in Assam.
The National Health Mission, Assam has already issued ‘No Objection’ to the proposed study. On Friday, the Assam government has requested all District Commissioners across the state to support Srijanasom on the proposed study. The NGO has undertaken numerous activities to promote Indian art and culture, education to the deprived section of the society and towards accessible health care for the last seven years since its inception.
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. The seroprevalence study that would identify the proportion of people carrying the antibodies against this virus
Also, this opportunity might be utilized for raising awareness about plasma donation by the recovered people. States like Delhi, Maharashtra have already conducted such studies, said an official communiqué from the NGO.
On Friday, with 2706 fresh COVID19 cases detected the state’s total COVID19 count reached 74501. At least 175 persons have died of COVID19 in the state.