Aim to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025: Prime Minister Modi

Kenny Tucker
March 13, 2018

Speaking at inaugural "Delhi End TB Summit" on Tuesday, the PM called for coordination between the Centre and the states to achieve the goal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Mar 13) launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline.

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.

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. "State governments have a major role to play in elimination of TB from India".

"Given the way TB affects people's lives, health of the society and impacts the country's economy and future, it is very essential to get rid of TB within the stipulated time", Modi said while inaugurating the Delhi End TB Summit which is being organised by the Ministry of health and family welfare jointly with WHO's South East Asia Region Office and worldwide coalition Stop TB Partnership.

TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people deal TB every year.

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

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".

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Ministers of Nigeria and Indonesia - Dr Nila Moeloek and Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole also spoke on the occasion.

The summit is being co-hosted by the Health Ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office and Stop TB Partnership.

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. "Unless the disease is eliminated in India, global efforts to end the disease by 2030 will stall", Tonsing said.

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