Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today started Sero Surveillance for COVID-19 in the Odisha Capital in order to know the immunological status of the community and high-risk groups, informed BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary.
“The RMRC Bhubaneswar is providing technical support for the surveillance. It is being conducted according to the COVID -19 Guidelines,” said Choudhary.
As per the strategy finalized by the civic body, there will be random sample collection from different high-risk groups and community members’ like- immuno-compromised patients, health care workers, security personnel, Press Corps, Municipal workers, drivers, prisoners, shop keepers/ vendors, Airport workers, urban slums, migrant camps, and containment zones revealed a BMC official.
About 25 wards have been chosen for the purpose. The design of sample collection has been made based on the categories of high-risk groups. The teams will be visiting the people for the testing. In each ward one cluster has been chosen, the official added.
The official said that surveillance will be completed in two rounds. The first round will take around 10-12 days whereas the next round of surveillance will start after 28 days of first-round as per technical mandate. The exact date will be decided later.
Presently, in the first round, five teams have been formed comprising of laboratory technicians. In each team, there are around 7-10 members. The teams are guided by RMRC personnel. On 11th and 12th July samples will be collected from community members, the official stated.
The official revealed that as per estimate, roughly about 1600 samples will be collected from high risk and slum pockets and 900 from community members. So in the first round, a total number of 2,500 samples will be collected.
The wards selected under three zones are- 2,4,7,14,17,19,27,29,32,40,42,45,54,56 and 59 on 11th July and 09,12,22,24,35,37,48,51,62 and 65 on 12th July will be covered by the team members, the official added.
The official said that concerned Ward Officer under Zonal Deputy Commissioners of the BMC will be guiding the team to find clusters.