The United States (U.S.) Government, through the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the leadership of President Trump, has provided $2.1 million support to Nigeria to conduct a household survey into Covid-19.

Nigeria was among the first countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to identify COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and has since implemented strict measures to contain the spread of the virus.

The essence of the survey is to help Nigeria understand and determine the extent of COVID-19 transmission in the states of Gombe, Enugu and Nasarawa.

The survey will increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission and burden in these three states and inform COVID-19 response efforts of the Federal Government and its partners.

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The U.S. CDC is working with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), one of its implementing partners in Nigeria, to provide technical assistance and oversee field implementation of the survey. The survey will be conducted between September and November with preliminary results expected to be released by December 2020.

The U.S. CDC’s support, according to a statement by the U.S. Embassy, Abuja, was part of the bilateral efforts to improve the health and well-being of Nigerians.

The survey, the statement added, “will estimate the proportion of the population in these states, who have ever been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease”.

“This will be accomplished by measuring the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in the blood of volunteers. These antibodies, specialised proteins produced by the immune system to fight infection, are generated as part of the body’s response to COVID-19 and are an indication of previous infection.

“The survey will also estimate the proportion of people, who have the disease but are not showing any symptoms, determine risk factors for infection, and measure the intra-household transmission of COVID-19. The survey will also estimate the prevalence of malaria and its potential relationship to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The survey will covers important aspects of knowledge and concerns about the pandemic, access to food and other basic needs, employment and income loss, and safety nets and coping strategies. Its design is flexible, such that the topics covered can be altered according to evolving needs, priorities, and insights from emerging data. The survey is implemented using the Survey Solutions software for Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing, this allows for faster access to the data and dissemination of results.

Testing for COVID-19 infection and antibodies will be done at the National Reference Laboratory in Gaduwa, Abuja.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. some folks say united state will go to Africa and give them money and leave, why China will go to Africa and play how aftica will be slave under them by given them money in return

  2. This US sef! Money that will be shared. I am beginning to think that US and Europe encourage corruption in Africa with all these their useless aid especially when they know it does not get to the intended recipients.

  3. America never gives you something for nothing. Beware of awoof .I hope the so called testing for antibodies is not a covert operation to test their vaccine on your people in those states . Good luck!!

  4. Unfortunately, these funds will be embezzled as usual, it has become the usual norm in the Nigerian society today. And no one will do anything about it.

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