The United States (US) Government, on Friday, September 25, approved the release of an additional $2.1million to Nigeria for the conduct of COVID-19 household survey in Gombe, Enugu, and the Nasarawa States.
This was contained in a statement issued by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the CDC, the survey is expected to increase the understanding of COVID-19 transmission and burden in the three states.
The statement from US reads: “The survey 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, specialized 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 the 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 US CDC noted that all members of selected households would be offered the opportunity to participate in the survey.
Meanwhile, the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Friday, September 25, was reportedly attacked by terrorists linked to the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), killing 15 security personnel in the process.
According to security sources, eight policemen; three soldiers; as well as four members of a government-backed militia; were killed in the attack on vehicles carrying Zulum to Baga town on the shores of Lake Chad.
The insurgents, according to one of the sources; opened fire with machine guns and also rocket-propelled grenades; as the convoy was passing through a village; close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
“Governor Zulum escaped unhurt; but 15 security men on the convoy were killed in a fierce battle with the terrorists,” he said.
Indeed, insiders say it took the intervention of some of his military escorts who threw themselves in the line of fire; to ensure the safety of the Governor.