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Coronavirus: Meet the woman who created India’s first COVID-19 testing kit during last stage of pregnancy

Mumbai: Virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale led from the front to create India’s first coronavirus testing kit even when she was in the last stage of her pregnancy.

Bhosale’s efforts paid the price with her team delivering the testing kit in a record time of six weeks.

Bhosale gave birth to a baby girl just a day before submitting the kit to the authorities for evaluation.

“It was like giving birth to two babies,” Bhosale told PTI over the phone.

The virologist said both the journeys – that happened in parallel – were not without challenges.

“There were complications in the pregnancy while work on the test kit was on. The baby was delivered through cesarean,” she said.

Bhosale said she felt that it was the right time to serve the people to help them in combating the coronavirus threat.

“I had been working for five years in this field and if I don’t work in emergency situations when my services are needed the most, then what is the use?” she said.

Though Bhosale was not able to visit the office due to the pregnancy, she was guiding a team of 10 persons working on the project at Mylab Discovery in Pune.

The strong bonds forged with the team over the years and their support made it possible, she said.

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