PM Modi sets 2025 deadline to eradicate tuberculosis from India

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"Today I announce that we have set 2025 as the deadline for India", the PM said at the Summit which was attended by ministers and concerned officials of all the states.

Giving examples, Mr Modi said immunisation programme has been going on for 35 years and till 2014, the work was incomplete. According to stats, due to TB every year 1.7 million lost their lives across the country.

"To achieved "End TB" targets, the Government has rolled out new "National Strategic Plan (NSP) to end TB by 2025" which has been appreciated by the global community as a model plan for combating Tuberculosis", said Nadda.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a campaign to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set time limit. He said his government's thrust has been on technology and innovation in this field to better the drugs, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and to boost research and setting up the India TB Research Consortium.

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 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.

"Earlier our immunisation coverage was growing at a speed of just one percent".

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.

He further said that front-line TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction. 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.

"However, in the last 3 to 3.5 per years it has increased by 6 per cent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage", he said He also urged the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to expand the ambit of research of traditional medicine in curing tuberculosis and share the results with other nations.

The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.

India has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world-each year, 29 lakh new cases of TB are reported; 4.20 lakh people, mostly poor, are known to die of the disease.

"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.

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