PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

Laverne Higgins
March 13, 2018

Speaking at the "End TB summit", the Prime Minister 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 further said that TB was the most prevalent among communicable diseases in the country and the poor were the worst affected by it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the Government has set the aim to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025. This is not the first time that any government at Centre has initiated a campaign against tuberculosis, but in past, many governments had started campaigns like this against infectious disease, but due to improper management and implementation they were unsuccessful to show off their results.

"We are starting new scheme for nutritional support, expanding public-private partnership models and aligning our strategies to follow the similar success we got in HIV /AIDS". TB free India Campaign will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in Mission mode. "Community engagement is the hallmark and it is becoming a social movement to end TB in India", Union health minister J.P. Nadda said.

"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 global coalition Stop TB Partnership.

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Mr. Modi said State governments played a very important role in elimination of TB.

"The government has made a provision of spending United States dollars 100 million per annum for providing nutrition support to the patients suffering from disease", he said. Every step taken towards eradicating the disease is directly connected to their lives, he added. He said his government's thrust has been on technology and innovation in this field to better the drugs, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and to boost research and setting up the India TB Research Consortium.

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.

"The pace of the immunisation coverage earlier was inching ahead by just one per cent".

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