New Delhi: Difficulties are solved if there is the spirit to do something. Knowing what Meenal Dhaneve Bhonsle has done, it is proving again. She designed a kit for corona virus detection that is much cheaper than foreign kits. The special thing is that Meenal worked on this kit in the last months of her pregnancy. This country’s first testing kit could play a big role in the fight against Corona.
The child was given birth as soon as the project was completed
Virologist Meenal started work on the project of Mylab Discovery Solutions, a Pune-based diagnostic firm. She was pregnant. She had a baby girl only last week. He said, ‘It was necessary, so I took it as a challenge. I have to serve my country. He told that all 10 members of his team worked hard. On completion of the project, the testing kit was handed over to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on 18 March and Meenal had a daughter the next day.
Cheaper than foreign kit
The country’s first Corona virus testing kit hit the market on Thursday. Testing kits will speed up the investigation of suspects of virus infection. “Our kit gives test results in two and a half hours while foreign testing kit takes six to seven hours,” Meenal told an English newspaper. Each sample test can carry 100 sample tests and the test costs Rs 1,200. This amount is about a quarter of the cost of foreign kit (Rs 4,500).
15 thousand kits are being made every day
Mylab Discovery Solutions has the capacity to produce 15,000 testing kits every day. By increasing the production capacity of Pune’s Lonavala factory, 25 thousand kits can be produced per day. Mylab has sent 150 testing kits to the diagnostic labs of Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Bangalore in the first batch. The second batch will also be out on Monday.
Previously, the government had decided to investigate only those who had returned from the Corona Center countries. However, when the investigation of very few suspects began to be taken care of by the government, it was now decided to investigate all the patients with serious respiratory problems in the hospital.