Ahead of vaccination, GMC conducting Seroprevalence survey 

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The Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar is conducting a seroprevalence survey of healthcare workers across the District Hospitals in the Kashmir division.

The sampling is being done on 2,200 healthcare workers for SARS COV-2 specific IgG antibodies. “GMC conducted other surveys this year including the first one on healthcare workers of Srinagar in April,” Mohammad Salim Khan, Head of the Department Community Medicine GMC told The Kashmir Walla. “The second survey was done on the population of Srinagar in July while another survey was done on the population of the Kashmir division.”

The survey is being done in order to know about the immunity after the vaccination is done, said Khan. The vaccination will begin from Saturday and will cover healthcare workers in its first phase. “The result will be out in around ten days,” said Khan.

The medical college in a statement on Friday said the blood samples for the survey were being collected and it was using a customised mobile data platform, Epicollect5, for data compilation.

It said the survey was being conducted with the support of respective medical superintendents and nodal officers across Kashmir and in collaboration with National Health Mission Jammu and Kashmir.

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