PM Narendra Modi addresses inaugural session of "END TB" Summit

Randolph Lopez
March 16, 2018

Launching the TB-free India campaign to eradicate the disease by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra. "We firmly believe that with high willpower and efforts of passionate TB workers can make India and world to successfully achieve this mission".

Emphasising on multi-sectoral intervention, Mr Modi spoke about Swachh India Mission and Ujjwala Scheme for women.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the rate of immunisation against tuberculosis has grown by 6 per cent in the last three-and-a-half years and expressed confidence of achieving 90 per cent immunisation coverage within the next year.

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The Prime Minister announced that India has set a target for complete elimination of TB by 2025, as against the global target date of 2030.

He launched the TB-free India campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan.

Also present on the occasion were Union Minister for Health J.P. Nadda; Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel; Director-General, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; former director, Stop TB Partnership, Ms. Lucica Difiu; along with Health Ministers from 20 countries. WHO South-East Asia Region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden. The government is working comprehensively towards this goal, he said adding that the State governments have a key role of play in this regard. There were an estimated 28 lakh new cases of TB in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those with TB and HIV. Speaking at inaugural "Delhi End TB Summit" on Tuesday, the PM called for coordination between the Centre and the states to achieve the goal.

TB is the leading infectious killer in India. Under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), the government has also proposed an incentive of Rs.500 per patient per month for the nutritional support of TB-affected patients during the course of the treatment.

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