Full Details: Govt Guidelines for District-Level COVID-19 Sampling, Surveillance
"There is a need to establish systematic surveillance for Covid-19 infections in all districts of the country," the notice from Health Ministry reads. Find out other details here.
With India crossing 70,756 coronavirus cases, the ministry of health has released a set of guidelines to be followed on a district-level basis to ensure systematic surveillance of the spread of the pandemic.
The Indian Council Of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) is initiating a population-based survey (serosurvey) in select districts besides the mandated surveillance to monitor COVID-19 trends at the district level.
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Under this survey, the Ministry Of Health And Family Welfare (MoFHW) has asked each district to test 50 samples each per week of pregnant women and low-risk outpatient attendees (patients that do not show influenza-like illnesses) and 100 samples per week of high-risk populations like healthcare workers.
The serosurvey which will be in addition to the current routine testing will test samples of patients who have not been infected previously with COVID-19.
After identifying a total of 10 healthcare facilities in each district (6 public and 4 private hospitals), throat/nasal swabs will be tested in a one time pool of 25. But the results of these samples will be used exclusively for surveillance purposes and not for the diagnosis of individual patients.
The survey will sample a total of 800 individuals per month from each district.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)
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