PM launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 13, 2018

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".

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.

"It is easier to get cured from TB than to stop watching TV", he said and added people should encourage TB patients for correct treatment by generating awareness at local level.

"The deadline to eradicate TB from the world has been set at 2030".

India's focus on curative, promotive and preventive ways of healthcare including Ayurveda and Yoga have been recognised around the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and announced that the country would work towards ending Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals health targets. Modi said his government was moving ahead with the principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity" and was roping in the private sector as well.

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He also added that the frontline workers are playing a crucial role in eliminating TB along with the people who have demonstrated great courage in defeating this disease. While speaking about the issue, PM Modi said, "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet". But I declare that India would be free from tuberculosis five years ahead by 2025.

Highlighting that most of TB's victims are poor, the PM said that the measures taken to eliminate TB will have a bearing on the lives of the poor. A 2017 report by the Global TB Caucus examining how the global economy would be affected if the TB crises continues unabated estimated that deaths from TB will cost the global economy close to US$1 trillion over the next 15 years. "Today I am confident that in the duration of 1 year we'll be able to achieve 90% immunisation".

Leaders from across the globe have converged in the national capital for the summit, hosted by the Union Ministry of Health along with the WHO and the Stop TB Partnership.

"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.

The Prime Minister also listed down other measures like Swachh Bharat Mission, the Ujjwala Yojana, Nutrition Mission and National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) for medical insurance that would help India eradicate TB by 2025.

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