Kashmir’s children and pregnant women show presence of igG antibodies
Srinagar/IBNS: Around 78 per cent of children below 18 years of age and 64 percent of pregnant women in Kashmir have developed Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) CoV-2 infection, Seroprevalence survey conducted across Kashmir revealed.
The survey was conducted across Kashmir in July this year to assess IgG antibodies among the general population wherein different subgroups showed that 78 per cent below the age of 18 years have developed antibodies against Covid-19.
“Moreover, 64 percent pregnant women sampled during the same survey across 10 districts of Kashmir also exhibited IgG antibodies against SARS CoV-2 infection during July,” it said.
However, the report states that the survey was conducted when less than one per cent of the sampled pregnant group were vaccinated against Covid-19 during that time.
“Even though schools have been closed for a long time and the under 18-year age group population is still unvaccinated,” the survey said.
The high presence of IgG antibodies among the below 18-year age group has depicted widespread infection within the families, as is evident from the data from the study.
“The prevalence among the 18-45 years and above 45 years has been approximately 84 per cent and 89.5 per cent,” it said
The genomic sequencing depicted that the Delta variant was the dominating strain of the SARS CoV-2 virus circulating in Kashmir and the hospital admissions.
“With such high seropositivity among children, the stakeholders need to converge and decide about the opening of schools or otherwise,” said HoD Community Medicine GMC Srinagar Dr S Muhammad Salim Khan.
Regarding the seropositivity among pregnant women, the survey suggests that the vaccination needs to be scaled up as there has been over 90 per cent seropositivity among the healthcare providers and police personnel whose vaccination status was also over 90 per cent.
The study was conducted by the Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar in collaboration with Community Medicine departments of SKIMS, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, GMC Anantnag and GMC Baramulla.
The study was conducted with the support of the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) and J&K National Health Mission.