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Health workers of about 27% in Kashmir have antibodies against Covid-19

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Srinagar, Feb 07:More than 27 percent of healthcare workers in the Kashmir division have shown antibodies against Covid-19, a seroprevalence study has revealed.

The study was recently conducted by The Government Medical College, Srinagar in collaboration with the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir and JK National Health Mission in January to detect coronavirus antibodies.

The Department of Community Medicine collected 2013 samples from all associated hospitals of GMC Srinagar, all district hospitals and Police Hospital Srinagar.

Dr Salim Khan, head department of Community Medicine GMC Srinagar and principal investigator of the study, said the survey showed 27.3% of health workers have antibodies against the novel virus.

He said the blood samples were tested in Abbott Architect i1000SR immunoassay analyzer by the Department of Biochemistry and 555 blood samples showed IgG antibodies with overall seropositivity of 27.3%.

“This study shows that healthcare providers shall go for COVID vaccination as a majority among them are still susceptible to the infection,” Dr Khan said.

Although he said, some healthcare providers were reluctant but no severe or adverse events following immunization (AEFI) have been reported among those who received the vaccines in J&K in the last few weeks.

While the Union Government has asked to go for mopping up round with the second dose of COVID vaccine from 13 February, Khan said all healthcare workers must receive the first jab before that.

“The vaccine not only protects the recipient but shall facilitate the herd immunity against COVID,” he said.

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