March 18, 2018

PM Modi sets 2025 deadline to eradicate tuberculosis from India

13 March 2018, 11:15 | Randall Craig

In 1 Year We Will Be Able To Achieve 90% Immunisation, Says PM Modi Inaugurating 'End TB' Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an event to launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign to meet the goal of ending the epidemic by 2025 in New Delhi on Tuesday. Also seen are Health Minister JP Nadda and Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole

After inaugurating End-TB Summit in Delhi, the prime minister launched the TB-free India Campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission approach for ending the outbreak by 2025.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday set 2025 as the deadline year to eradicate tuberculosis from India, five years ahead of global target. "We are starting new scheme for nutritional support, expanding public-private partnership and aligning our strategies to follow the similar success we got in HIV /AIDS", he said.

Mr. Narendra Modi said that the state governments must play a crucial role in eradicating tuberculosis and he has written to the Chief Ministers of all the states informing the same.

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.

This is not the first time that the PM has also displayed his commitment to TB eradication.

"To achieve the target of eliminating TB by 2025, right approach is required".

At the event, PM Modi launched Tuberculosis Free India Campaign, and remarked that it is directly linked with the lives of the poor, "Among the communicable diseases in India, TB's influence has been the most and the poor are the ones suffering the most from it". TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people contract TB every year.

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.

"The rate of immunisation rose to 6 per cent in the last 3-and-half years and we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage by next year", the PM said.

Among those who present at the Summit were Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Union MoS Health Anupriya Patel, and WHO Director General TA Ghebreyesus. The main aim of the summit is to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action toward the "End TB by 2025" goal. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB elimination is backed by 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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