COVID-19: Sokoto targets 2,000 for sero – surveillance study

Two thousand people in Sokoto have been targeted for a COVID-19 sero- surveillance study in the state.

The government has also deployed 732 health workers across the 244 wards of Sokoto to boost COVID-19 testing.

Chairman Sokoto State Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Muhammad Ali Inname, who disclosed this to Caliphate Trust on Tuesday said they would carry out the sero- surveillance survey in conjunction with the Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University.

He said the survey was aimed at getting a picture of COVID-19 in the state.

“We will test people whether they have antigens so that we know whether there are some people who had the disease but did not know.

“If you look at the cases in Sokoto, the majority of the people do not have symptoms-over 70 percent of them.

“Some people have been infected, but they don’t know, that is why we want to carry out that survey with the Usman Danfodiyo University.”

On the move to enhance COVID-19 testing in the state, Inname, who is also the Commissioner for Health, said: “We want to deploy three health workers per ward to help us in identifying and referring people who have symptoms.

“We need to increase testing that is why we want to do this.

“We are collaborating with UNICEF, and they are going to support us with training, so that we expand the texting right now its only people who have symptom in Teaching Hospital, Specialists or other places or if somebody call from local government area.

“So, if we train those people we are going to send them across the state, which would help increase the number of people that we test.”

As at Monday, June 29, the total test done in Sokoto was put at 824 out of which 151 were confirmed positive, 118 had been discharged, 15 deaths recorded, leaving 18 active cases.

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