India’s first coronavirus testing kit is here, and this woman made it happen. Pune based new mom Minal Dakhave Bhosale gave India its very first testing kit which will be now available across testing labs. Produced by Mylabs, of which Bhosale is the chief research officer, this testing kit will bring down the time taken for results to check presence of COVID-19. As the country’s 1.3 billion people grapple with the mega challenge of a lockdown, and the fear of spread, most experts say increased testing is the answer. Based out of Pune, Bhosale and her team worked hard to get this test out.

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These testing kits are now manufactured in India, by Mylab Discovery and have reached the market for public testing. Minal Dakhave Bhosale is the lab’s research and development officer.

Bhosale’s test kit is important because India is now in a period where active cases are expected to shoot up. Bhosale, pregnant and ready to deliver anytime, was relieved to have sent the kit for approval just before being wheeled into the operation theatre for her baby to come to the world. She was blessed with a daughter who will surely be proud of her mom’s efforts in India’s coronavirus history.

It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation. – Minal Dakhave Bhosale, who went to delivery her baby an hour after submitting the test for approval

As per Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) Mylab is the only Indian company to have achieved 100 percent results and one has to applaud Bhosale’s efforts for this.

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India’s first coronavirus testing kit was submitted for evaluation by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on 18 March 2020. Bhosale submitted the proposal to the Indian FDA and the drugs control authority CDSCO for commercial approval. Within an hour of submitting the proposal for FDA approval, she got admitted to a hospital for a c-section and the very next day, Minal delivered her daughter.

One can only be thankful to such amazing citizens who put nation first in times of a pandemic this scale and size.

Picture Credit: Bhosale’s Facebook

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