Surveilling COVID-19 in wastewater, a virtual workshop

The Grand Husseini Mosque in Amman, the capital of Jordan, December 11, 2019. (Photo: NYTimes)
AMMAN— The Ministry of Water and Irrigation in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a virtual workshop on "surveilling COVID-19 in sewage in Jordan."اضافة اعلان

In a statement made by the Ministry on Thursday, they said that the workshop aimed at providing an overview of the capacity-building program of central laboratory staff at the Jordan Water Authority that was set up to monitor and track the Corona virus in sewage.

The program is a part of the USAID-funded water sector infrastructure project. The ministry stated that the workshop highlighted the importance of tracking the virus in sewage to determine the areas in Jordan that are most affected in the epidemic and to track the spread of the virus.

The program will provide early warning of the emergence of a new wave, in addition to confirming the patterns of laboratory test results, and providing information to reduce the spread of the virus and help maintain health and safety in Jordan.

During the workshop, experts from the water sector, representatives of the Ministry of Health, the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, donors, universities and stakeholders discussed how to use the results of the wastewater analysis as supplementary data for laboratory test results, and how best to establish a system for monitoring and tracking the virus at the national level.

The workshop included the training of a number of field technicians, observers and laboratory staff at the Water Authority on health and safety issues, sampling, analysis, and the development of a road map for the implementation of a virus monitoring and tracking system in the Ain Ghazal area.