The inspiring women behind India’s first COVID-19 test kit

TPE Correspondent

New Delhi March 30

It’s said that every crisis gives birth to a hero, The coronavirus outbreak has left no country untouched, It leads to a nation-wide lockdown for India as it is well known that our country is ill-equipped to tackle such outbreak. India was getting mocked by international media as the number of coronavirus tests that where being conducted and the number of testing centers here is relatively low in parallel to other countries. So, what we were looking for was a homegrown, fully functional coronavirus testing kit, it was just what India was waiting for. One woman made it happen, Pune based new mom Virologist Minal Dakhava Bhosale gave India its very first testing kit. This kit is now available for testing across many labs in India and will considerably reduce the time taken for the result. As per the report of Mylabs, of which Minal is the chief research officer who says that they have bought down testing time from days to few hours. This coronavirus testing kit is called Patho Detect.



She is a hero and her story is encouraging but not only because she lucratively delivered a made in India coronavirus testing kit, but because she put the nation before her personal challenges. At Mylabs, she was responsible for product development of molecular diagnostic products, including the COVID-19 test. However, it wasn’t the only deadline Minal was fighting with, as BBC report says She began working on the kit in February, just days after leaving the hospital with a pregnancy complication. And a day before delivering her baby girl, she submitted the kit for evolution to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on March 18, Within an hour of submitting the proposal for FDA approval, she got admitted to a hospital for c-section and very next day, Minal delivered her daughter. While dealing with personal life disputes which are particularly very vital for every woman, Mrs. Bhosale decided to put nation as her primacy, she for sure has set an example for misogynist society, breaking all the patriarchy norms about Morden women.


Mylabs is the first Indian firm to get commercial approval to make and sell a testing kit. It shipped the first batch of 150 to diagnostic labs in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, and Bengaluru last week. Each kit can test 100 samples and costs 1,200 rupees that’s about a quarte of 4500 rupees that India pays to import Covid-19 Testing kits from abroad. Mylabs director for medical affairs has confirmed that they can supply up to 100,000 Covid-19 testing kits a week and can be produced up to 200,000 if needed.

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