Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

PM Modi launches TB Free India Campaign

PM Modi launches TB Free India Campaign

He further said that front-line TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction.

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

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

He said, it will take researchers a long time to understand how, under the influence of Prime Minister Modi's aspirational drive, the people of the country, primarily the youth have successfully risen above the age-old constraints of caste, creed or religion and have instead come together with a common objective of building a "New India". He said, "The fact that several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here, indicate how we, as a Team India, are determined to eradicate TB from India". According to stats, due to TB every year 1.7 million lost their lives across the country. "Adequate funds will be provided for smooth implementation of this programme", he pointed out. The Prime Minister also hailed the efforts of foot soldiers who are working on the ground as well as patients who have beaten the disease.

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"However, in the last 3 to 3.5 per years it has increased by 6 per cent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage", he said while citing the progress on Mission Indradhanush as an example of how "new approaches" could turn things around. While the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB will be held in September, this year and future course of action will be decided in the UN General Assembly. Keeping in mind the global target our government will try to end TB from India ahead by 2025.

India is also implementing the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination that is backed by a 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.

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