US government supports Nigeria with $2.1 million for covid19 survey

U.S mission in Nigeria announced that the government of the United States of America supports Nigerian government though NCDC  with $2.1 million to conduct a household survey to better understand the extent of #COVID19 infection in three Nigerian states.

The selected states, Nasarawa, Enugu and Gombe will undergo a survey to estimate the proportion of people in the state who have the disease but are not showing any symptoms. The survey is aimed at increasing the current understanding of Covid 19 and the estimate the prevalence of malaria and it’s relationship to SARS-COV 2 infection.

Those who agree to participate will answer a brief questionnaire, have their blood drawn and tested for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, and receive a nasal swab and oropharyngeal swab to test for acute COVID-19.  They will also have a rapid malaria test and receive malaria treatment if the test is positive.

The survey will be conducted between September and November with preliminary results expected to be released by December 2020.

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