The United States Government has approved $2.1m for the Federal Government of Nigeria to assit to conduct a household survey to determine the extent of the coronavirus transmission in states.
In a statement released by the U.S through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the survey is to create awareness and increase the understanding of COVID-19 transmission in Gombe, Enugu, and Nasarawa.
“The survey will estimate the proportion of the population in these states who have ever been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease. This will be accomplished by measuring the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in the blood of volunteers.
“These antibodies, specialized proteins produced by the immune system to fight infection, are generated as part of the body’s response to COVID-19 and are an indication of previous infection.
“The survey will also estimate the proportion of people who have the disease but are not showing any symptoms, determine risk factors for infection, and measure the intra-household transmission of COVID-19. The survey will also estimate the prevalence of malaria and its potential relationship to SARS-CoV-2 infection.”