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

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 13, 2018

Speaking at the "End TB summit", the Prime Minsiter said, "2030 has been set as the target around the world for eradicating TB, but I would like to announce that we have set the aim five years ahead of it, that is, we aim to eradicate TB from India by 2025".

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.

While addressing the summit PM said, "I would like to announce that we have set the aim to eradicate TB from India By 2025".

Modi said the World Health Organisation had declared tuberculosis an emergency 25 years ago and since then several countries have made efforts to eliminate the disease.

"But the ground reality still remains that we have not been successful in curbing tuberculosis yet". The TB-free India Campaign has launched under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination a step ahead in a mission for ending the epidemic by the year 2025. The PM's announcement today makes the advanced target for TB elimination official.

The Prime Minister's vision to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG's has galvanised the efforts of the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme, which has treated over 2 Crore patients since its inception in 1997.

TB is the leading infectious killer in India, where there were an estimated 28 lakh new cases in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those who had TB as well as HIV. Budget for Tuberculosis eradication has been increased and Rs 100 million has been allocated for nutritional support, Mr Modi said. "Every step taken towards eradicating the disease is directly connected to their lives", Mr Modi added. 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.

Targeting the previous governments, Modi said the immunisation programme had been going on for the last 30-35 years and despite that, the country could not achieve the target of complete coverage till 2014.

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. Ever after curation, over 10 million people contract TB every year. In September, heads of state have a unique opportunity to raise their game and decisively shift the trajectory of the disease with the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB.

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