In a bid to realise the goal of a ‘TB Mukt Bharat’ envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has launched the ‘Tribal TB Initiative’.
India witnessed over 18.04 lakh TB notifications, notwithstanding the difficulties presented because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related regulation/preventive strategies Dr Harsh Vardhan said. “In spite of all the unforeseen challenges of Covid-19, the Government of India was able to convert all those into opportunities for TB elimination by introducing bidirectional screening for Covid-19 and TB, strengthening diagnostic networks and combining TB screening in Covid surveillance activities.”
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As health is a holistic subject influenced by all aspects of life, he stressed the necessity to have a multisectoral collaboration with various ministries and departments to reach out to the most vulnerable population categories was underscored to achieve the elimination target by 2025.
A guidance note on Joint Action Plan for Tuberculosis (TB) Elimination, a Special Edition of Tribal Ministry’s Publication ‘ALEKH’ on TB, and a document on Tribal Tuberculosis (TB) Initiative was also released at the event.