A Pune based diagnostic firm developed the first testing kit for the country earlier this week in an attempt to effectively execute the first step in the fight against the public enemy number 1; Covid-19. This is one of the crucial benchmarks in the current times when not only this country but the whole world has been forced on its knees by this pandemic.
A country like India, which is one of the biggest in both its population size and density is one of the most vulnerable countries to the explosive transmission of this virus. Therefore, as the parameters suggest, testing is extremely important and at a very high rate. However, with only 6.8 tests per million, one of the lowest in the world, India is continuously being criticized for falling short on both the effort and punctuality.
Having said that, this home-developed test unit could be the leap forward the nation required. This was put forth conceivably in light of the attempts of one virologist, who prepared this working test kit, hours before her delivering her baby.
Under Mylab’s research and development chief, Minal Dakhave Bhosale, the coronavirus testing unit called Patho Detect, was created in only a month and a half, the BBC revealed.
“It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I had to serve my nation,” she stated,
The researcher was additionally fighting with another emergency – a week ago she brought forth a baby girl. Bhosale started to work on the program in February, only days in the wake of leaving the emergency clinic with her complications.
Anand Mahindra lauded Bhosale’s efforts. Quoting the news of the virologist, the Mahindra Group Chairman wrote, “You also delivered a ray of hope to the country”.
Ms. Bhosale, you delivered not just the test kit and your baby , but you also delivered a ray of hope to the country. We stand and salute you… https://t.co/iqQgQvBzg3
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 28, 2020
Even Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman of Biocon didn’t turn away from praising this incredible woman’s efforts in her tweet:
Coronavirus: The woman behind India’s first testing kit- makes us all so proud to see women leading the way Congrats Mylab https://t.co/W1WnC8Knrm
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) March 28, 2020
Mylabs Discovery Solutions, which got statutory endorsements late on Monday from specialists, can fabricate more than 15,000 testing units for each day from its office at Lonavala in Pune locale and a similar will be increased to 25,000 packs for every day.
The molecular diagnostic company, which likewise makes testing units for HIV and Hepatitis B and C, and different sicknesses, says it can supply up to 100,000 Covid-19 testing packs a week and can create up to 200,000 if necessary.
Each Mylab unit can test 100 samples and costs Rs 1,200, about a fourth of the Rs 4,500 that India pays to import testing packs from abroad.
India’s first coronavirus testing pack hit Indian markets on Thursday, in an offer to expand the recurrence of testing and to affirm or preclude the Covid-19 disease. “Our kit gives the diagnosis in two and a half hours while the imported testing kits take six-seven hours,” Bhosale said in a meeting with Hindustan Times.
India needs this kind of perseverance and innovative thinking, especially when desperate times are calling for desperate measures.