Berhampur, Sept 30 (LocalWire): Nearly 65 percent people of Paralakhemundi, the district headquarters town of Gajapati district, have developed antibodies against the SARS CoV-2 virus, according to the recently conducted sero-survey.
A total of 1515 persons (male-1075, female-440) from 16 wards of Paralakhemundi municipality area were tested under the four day serological survey conducted from September 15 to 18.
The survey was conducted by the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar, with the support of the health and family welfare department and in collaboration with the district administration.
About one-third of the surveyed individuals have developed antibodies against the SARC CoV-2 virus, while overall prevalence in the community was calculated at 64.67%, said Gajapati collector Anupam Saha, while releasing the report to the public.
According to the findings, the sero-prevalence among high risk groups ranged between 40-85%.
Similarly, the sero-prevalence among the surveyed male population was found to be 53.1% and among the female population was found to be 65.9%. The sero-prevalence ranged from a minimum of 44% in ward no. 2 to a maximum of 92% in ward no 12, while five wards had over 70%, he said.
Among the Covid warrior groups, police personnel had the highest sero-prevalence (54%) followed by the health care workers (49%).
Females and those below the age of 40 years had a significantly higher sero-prevalence, it revealed. The survey also found that the sero-prevalence increased with the increase in the size of the family.
Describing the survey report as a good indicator, the collector acknowledged the contribution of all stakeholders, including Covid warriors, the residents, media and employees of the different departments and above all regular guidance of the government to fight against the Covid-19.