The lady who developed India’s first Coronavirus testing kit
India has developed its first Coronavirus testing kit, in record time.
Pune-based Virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale led from the front in this project even when she was in the last stage of her pregnancy.
Bhosale’s efforts paid the price with her team delivering the testing kit in a record time of six weeks. Bhosale gave birth to a baby girl just a day before submitting the kit to the authorities for evaluation.
The virologist said both the journeys – that happened in parallel – were not without challenges.
“There were complications in the pregnancy while work on the test kit was on. The baby was delivered through cesarean,” she said.
Bhosale said she felt that it was the right time to serve the people to help them in combating the coronavirus threat.
Work from home
Though Bhosale was not able to visit the office due to the pregnancy, she was guiding a team of 10 people working on the project at Mylab Discovery in Pune.
Just like drug discovery, test kits too go through a lot of quality checks to improve the precision.
Help in need
The COVID-19 testing kit delivered by Bhosale’s team will reduce the time taken for delivering a result to 2.5 hours from the prevalent practice of eight hours.
The Maylab test kit will cost Rs 1,200, a quarter of Rs 4,500 per kit that the government has been spending on testing so far.
According to experts, high scale testing is essential because it alone can ensure an early diagnosis of COVID-19 and lower down the fatalities.