Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

PM Narendra Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

PM Narendra Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

"I would like to announce that we have set aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead by 2025".

Giving examples, Mr Modi said immunisation programme has been going on for 35 years and till 2014, the work was incomplete.

Modi said the government is moving ahead with the principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity" and is roping in the private sector as well.

"The world has set 2030 as the deadline to eliminate TB".

Launching the TB-free India campaign to eradicate the disease by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said global efforts to eliminate tuberculosis have not been successful and stressed on changing the approach to achieve the goal. 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.

Mr. Narendra Modi said that the state governments must play a crucial role in eradicating tuberculosis and he has written to the Chief Ministers of all the states informing the same.

"We were progressing at the rate of just 1 per cent", said the PM, adding that at that pace it would have taken another 40 years to achieve complete immunisation.

He also called for multi-sectoral engagement and participation of all stake-holders at every level to create "TB-free village, panchayat, district and state", noting that frontline TB physicians and workers could make a major contribution in this direction.

He further said that TB was the most prevalent among communicable diseases in the country and the poor were the worst affected by it.

Also present on the occasion were Union Minister for Health J.P. Nadda; Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel; Director-General, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; former director, Stop TB Partnership, Ms. Lucica Difiu; along with Health Ministers from 20 countries. Despite being curable, TB remains the leading cause of death from an infectious disease and the leading killer of people with HIV.

The health ministers of a number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil have also taken part in the summit. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB elimination is backed by funding of over Rs 12,000-crore over the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.

India has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world-each year, 29 lakh new cases of TB are reported; 4.20 lakh people, mostly poor, are known to die of the disease.

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