Hours before delivering her baby, Minal Dakhave Bhosale gives India first COVID test
This one woman will go down in Indian history for giving India its first coronavirus testing. Meet Minal Dakhave Bhosale who has provided a testing kit that delivers result in just two and half hours. Minal, who was expecting her baby, delivered her daughter hours after getting this kit out and approved. Based out of Pune, she and her team worked hard to get this out at Mylab Discovery. They are now the first Indian firm to get full approval to make and sell coronavirus testing kits.
These testing kits are now manufactured in India, by Mylab Discovery and have reached the market for public testing.
As more of these kits are used, they will significantly reduce the testing time for coronavirus from six to seven hours taken by the imported kits as per Bhosale. Minal Dakhave Bhosale is Mylab’s research and development chief. Bhosale’s breakthrough is supremely important because India is now at a stage of COVID where testing is expected to go up. We as a nation are under a 21 day locked for social distancing and isolation to ensure the virus doesn’t spread too fast. However, states are sharing new numbers that suggest active cases are on the right. As the world grapples with challenge of testing kits and other equipment, the fact that we have made our own, will go a long way in our battle against COVID.
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.
The kit was submitted for evaluation by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on 18 March. In the evening, 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.
Kudos to this new mom.
Picture Credit: Bhosale’s Facebook