PM Modi launches campaign to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025

PM Modi launches campaign to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025

"However, in the last three-and-a-half years, it has increased by 6 per cent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage", he said at the inauguration of the Delhi End-TB Summit.

Mr. Narendra Modi launched the Tuberculosis Free India campaign to take the activities of National Strategic Plan (NSP) in a mission towards eradicating the disease from the country, five years ahead of the globally set deadline. This is not the first time that any government at Centre has initiated a campaign against tuberculosis, but in past, many governments had started campaigns like this against infectious disease, but due to improper management and implementation they were unsuccessful to show off their results. Modi after delivering his speech at the End-TB Summit in Delhi. The TB-free India Campaign has launched under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination a step ahead in a mission for ending the epidemic by the year 2025.

"The global target for eliminating TB is 2030, but I announce that the target for India to eliminate TB is 2025, five years before the global target". The main aim of the summit is to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action toward the "End TB by 2025" goal. "I have written to all chief ministers to join this mission", Prime Minister Modi added it would boost the spirit of cooperative federalism.

Most of victims of TB in India are the poor and hence every step taken to wipe out TB should be linked directly to their lives, the Prime Minister said adding that the current Union Budget has proposed to set aside US$100 million to provide nutritional support to TB patients.

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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.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Ministers of Nigeria and Indonesia - Dr Nila Moeloek and Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole also spoke on the occasion.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 19,36,158 cases of TB were reported from India in 2016.

With the funding of over Rs 12,000 crore over the next 3 years, the motto of the NSP is to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.

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