PM Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

Alicia Farmer
March 13, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the Government has set the aim to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025.

Launching the TB-free India campaign to take the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode, Modi reiterated his government's aim to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target. "Earlier, the work which was going with 1 per cent, has now increased to 6 per cent and 90 per cent task will be completed in a year."Emphasising on multi-sectoral intervention, Mr Modi spoke about Swachh India Mission and Ujjwala Scheme for women".

"But the ground reality still remains that we have not been successful in curbing tuberculosis. I am confident that India can be free of TB by 2025". The summit would set the stage for the September 2018 United Nations high-level meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be discussed in the UN General Assembly at the Heads of State level. The Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion.

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. 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. He said, "The fact that several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here, indicate how we, as a Team India, are determined to eradicate TB from India".

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"The government has made a provision of spending $100 million per annum for providing nutrition".

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

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. "TB mainly affects the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor", said Modi.

Leaders from across the globe have converged in the national capital for the summit, hosted by.

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