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India to eliminate TB by 2025: PM

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Narendra Modi

India is committed to eliminate TB (Tuberculosis) by 2025 with right approach and strategy, five years before the global target,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

“India is determined to address the challenge of TB in mission mode. I am confident that India can be free of TB by 2025,” PM said while inaugurating the ‘Delhi End TB Summit’ at TB Free India Campaign launch.

The Prime Minister 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 also appealed the State Governments to join this TB elimination mission.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister cited examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat programme. “Immunisation and sanitation coverage have increased drastically in the last four years; therefore, a right approach is needed to achieve the targets. These are crucially associated with a healthy society,” he said.

Many important dignitaries including Union Health Minister J P Nadda, and Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel were present at the Summit which was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.

The Prime Minister also mentioned about the two major initiatives in health sector, National Health Policy, 2017 and National Health Protection Scheme as part of Ayushman Bharat programme on this occasion.

Retierating the Government’s commitment towards providing quality and accessible healthcare service to the people of India, Union Health Minister said, “We are starting new scheme for nutritional support, expanding public-private partnership models and aligning our strategies to follow the similar success we got in HIV /AIDS.”

“We are using Information Technology (IT) tools for monitoring the programme and treatment adherence. Community engagement is the hallmark and it is becoming a social movement to End TB in India,” he further stated.

TB has been leading infectious killer in India. According to a WHO report, 4, 23,000 TB patients died in  2016.

The new National strategic Plan adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to ‘detect’ all TB patients with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations, ‘Treat’ all patient irrespective of where they seek care adopting a patient centric approach, ‘Prevent’ emergence of TB in susceptible population groups and ‘Build’ empowered institutions and human resources to streamline implementation.

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