Nigerian News Online: COVID-19: the US Sponsors Nigeria to conduct surveys with $2.1m
The Administration of the United States has donated $2.1 million to Nigeria in funding from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The sum is to conduct a household survey to assess the extent of COVID-19 transmission in the Gombe, Enugu, and Nasarawa states, in a statement released by the US Mission in Abuja.
“From the U.S. As part of the United States, the CDC finances the entire expense of the survey ($2.1 million) and offers technical assistance. Bilateral government efforts to improve the health and well-being of the Nigerian people were partly read in the declaration.
The study will measure the proportion of the population that has ever been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease, in these nations.’
This can be done by calculating the expression in the blood of volunteers of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.
“These antibodies, specific proteins developed to combat infection by the immune system, are developed as part of the body’s reaction to COVID-19 and are a sign of prior infection.”
The US said the survey will also quantify the number of individuals who have the disease but do not exhibit any symptoms, classify risk factors for infection, and assess COVID-19 intra-household transmission.
It added that malaria prevalence and its possible link to SARS-CoV-2 infection will also be calculated in the study.
Although announcing that the CDC is collaborating with one of its implementing partners in Nigeria, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), the US has promised to provide technical assistance and supervise the field execution of the survey.
The survey, it noted, will take place between September and November and is scheduled to report preliminary results by December 2020.