PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

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

The Prime Minister will launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign on this occasion.

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.

Modi said that he had personally written to the chief ministers of all the states to join in this campaign because the task can not be fulfilled without their participation.

PM Modi also underlined the work being done by the government to correctly identify TB victims, ensure that active cases are known on time, and whether the medicines that are being prescribed are effective. 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.

"In India, TB has the maximum impact among communicable diseases".

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Taking a dig at the UPA government, the PM pointed out that though immunisation campaigns have been on in the country for the last 35 years, the target of complete immunisation had not been achieved till 2014. "I would like to announce that we have set the aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead by 2025", Prime Minister Modi said.

He criticised the past TB eradication program while saying, "The pace of with which the program to eradicate TB in the nation was moving forward earlier, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve it. TB mainly affects the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor", said Modi.

And there had been 1.7 million TB-related deaths in India in 2016.

Meanwhile, Jamhoih Tonsing, South Asia Regional Director of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease said India has the highest number of TB cases in the world which makes it the frontline of the fight to eliminate the disease.

"To achieved "End TB" targets, the Government has rolled out new "National Strategic Plan (NSP) to end TB by 2025" which has been appreciated by the global community as a model plan for combating Tuberculosis", said Nadda.

It has been reported that with a fund of Rs 12000 crore over the next three years, NSP aims at every TB patient having access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.

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