ADDIS ABABA – Addis Ababa will start to conduct a house-to-house survey of its residents next week to check for symptoms of the novel coronavirus disease, said deputy mayor Takele Uma.
The survey will begin from woredas that are deemed more vulnerable, Takele told reporters today.
The health workers are expected to make inquiries about symptoms such as cough, cold and fever of the disease that infects the lungs.
The two main symptoms are a fever and a dry continuous cough, which can sometimes lead to breathing problems, according to health experts.
Deputy Mayor Takele said the survey will be led by doctors and nurses with ample experience in the area and volunteers to join the fight against the coronavirus following the government’s call to serve their country.
Countries with limited resources use survey as a way of screening people to identify suspected cases of coronavirus who will be prioritized for testing.
To date, health officials in Ethiopia have conducted over 3, 200 coronavirus tests and confirmed 65 cases including three deaths.