Narendra Modi says govt working towards making India tuberculosis-free by 2025

Narendra Modi says govt working towards making India tuberculosis-free by 2025

He was speaking at the inauguration of the Delhi End TB Summit here.

Launching the TB-free India campaign to take the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode, Modi reiterated his government's aim to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target.

"We have had a long journey in eradicating TB and have not been totally successful n wiping out the disease so a change in approach was required, " he said.

State governments have a major role to play in elimination of TB from India, the prime minister said, adding he has written to all chief ministers to join this mission.

"I am positive that "Delhi End TB Summit" will be hailed as a landmark event in the quest to eliminate TB from the world", the PM said.

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He praised the ground level workers for their hard work and said, "Between TV and TB, it's easier to move away from the latter."TB Survivors can easily influence the disease-affected and they can help out in the programme, Mr Modi said while pointing out to a survivor from Bihar Siddheshwar Kumar Singh, who was sitting in the audience and had earlier shared his story". The Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion. "Today I announce that we have set 2025 as the deadline for India", the PM said at the Summit which was attended by ministers and concerned officials of all the states. "Unless the disease is eliminated in India, global efforts to end the disease by 2030 will stall", Tonsing said. On the launch of major health mission by the Central government, PMO India tweeted, " A TB patient after successfully fighting against the disease can inspire many others.

The Prime Minister further informed that immunisation coverage in the country has increased more than six percent in the last three-and-a-half years.

J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare; Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO; Ms.Lucica Difiu, Ex. Director, Stop TB Partnership along with the Health Ministers from 20 countries were also present at the inaugural function of the summit.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 19,36,158 cases of TB were reported from India in 2016.

Last month, in his budget speech, the finance minister had also announced an additional allocation of Rs 600 crore for providing TB patients Rs 500 every month as "nutritional support" during the course of their treatment.

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