PM says time to change approach to eradicate the disease

PM says time to change approach to eradicate the disease

Launching the TB Free India Campaign at "Delhi End TB Summit", Modi said his government is implementing a national strategic plan (NSP) to end TB by 2025 with funding of over Rs12,000 crore for the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment and support.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India would totally eliminate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025, a good 5 years ahead of the global deadline set for 2030 and has already started working towards achieving this goal.

Modi said that he had personally written to the chief ministers of all the states to join in this campaign because the task can not be fulfilled without their participation.

The health ministers of a number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil have also taken part in the summit.

The National Strategic Plan to eradicate TB by 2025 is operational and the government is constantly increasing budget for the schemes to counter the disease, he 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 worldwide coalition Stop TB Partnership.

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This is not the first time that the PM has also displayed his commitment to TB eradication. "Community engagement is the hallmark and it is becoming a social movement to end TB in India", Union health minister J.P. Nadda said.

He also stated that TB mainly affects poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor. The Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion.

While urging Chief Ministers of states to join this campaign, PM Modi cited Cooperative federalism defined in the constitution.

Citing the examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, the Prime Minister said that immunization and sanitation coverage has increased drastically in the last four years, therefore a right approach is needed to achieve the targets.

The summit was organised by Ministry of Health in support with World Health Organisation (WHO) in national capital New Delhi.