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Minal Bhosale Gave India It’s First Coronavirus Testing Kit Hours Before Delivering Her Baby

As India is currently living under the lockdown and continues to fight against the Coronavirus, the situation is worsening every passing day as the dangerous disease has infected more than 2000 people. The situation has gone miserable for the last few days and looking at the graph, the coming weeks are crucial for each one of us.

Meanwhile, the whole country is currently in a state of panic and fear but even in this situation, a few positive news are keeping everyone hopeful.

Minal Dakhave Bhosale’s efforts and hard work have come out as a ray of hope. Hours before she delivered a baby girl Minal finished the testing kits in ‘’record time’’ at the National Institute of Virology in Pune on 18th March.

In an interview, Minal Bhosale opened up about her race against the clock, especially with her pregnancy condition. Initially, Minal and her team were slated to complete the testing kits called Patho Detect, within a period of 4 months, however, they were able to complete within six weeks only.

Also, initially, the price of the imported COVID-19 kits cost a whopping Rs 4500, but now the price per kit will only cost Rs. 1200 and can test up to 100 samples. Talking about the testing kit, Minal said:

“Our kit gives the diagnosis in two and a half hours, while the imported testing kits take seven hours,’’

She added:

We have achieved COVID-19 testing in only two-and-a-half hours compared to other tests which are six-seven hours. We did this by utilizing our expertise of development processes and FAST mode acting reagents.” 

Talking about the efforts made by her team to achieve 100 percent of consistency of results so far. Minal Dakhave Bhosale said, “If you carry out 10 tests on the same sample, all 10 results should be the same.”

Furthermore, the firm where Minal Bhosale was working has also said that it can make and distribute about 100,000 COVID-19 in a week. And if the situation demands, they can even go up to the limit of about 200,000 kits weekly.

Written by Unnati Madan

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