Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

13 March, 2018, 22:01 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • At'End TB Summit PM Modi Aims to Eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025 Causes of TB You Need to Know

Prime Minister Modi is showing extraordinary leadership and political commitment by calling for India to end tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target.

By any standard, the 5,000 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden.

He said TB mainly affected the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease was a step towards improving the lives of the poor. Speaking at inaugural "Delhi End TB Summit" on Tuesday, the PM called for coordination between the Centre and the states to achieve the goal.

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. I believe that if something doesn't yield result even after 10-15 years then we need to change our approach.

PM Modi after launching the Delhi End-TB Summit, launched the TB-free India Campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode. The initiative will be built on a Global Fund program with Stop TB, WHO and partners, which will contribute to finding an additional 1.5 million people with TB in 13 countries by 2020. "I would like to announce that we have set aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead, by 2025", Modi said.

State governments have a major role to play in the elimination of TB from India, Modi said, adding he has written to all chief ministers to join this mission.

TB is the leading infectious killer in India. Budget for Tuberculosis eradication has been increased and Rs 100 million has been allocated for nutritional support, Mr Modi said.

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The UN High-Level Meeting on TB is a historic opportunity to ensure TB gets on the agenda of the heads of states and governments, and that we get different sectors engaged and accelerate our efforts to put the world on course to ending TB.

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.

"Earlier our immunisation coverage was growing at a speed of just one percent".

Among those who present at the Summit were Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Union MoS Health Anupriya Patel, and WHO Director General TA Ghebreyesus.

TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable.

"And we will see it again in September, when Heads of State will gather at the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in NY", he said.


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