PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

  • PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

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".

Citing the examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, the Prime Minister said that immunization and sanitation coverage has increased drastically in the last four years, therefore a right approach is needed to achieve the targets.

By any standard, the 5,000 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden. The main aim of the summit is to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action toward the "End TB by 2025" goal.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday set 2025 as the deadline year to eradicate tuberculosis from India, five years ahead of global target.

He hoped that the renewed focus of his government on universal immunisation, clean India campaign and providing LPG connections to poor households will have a positive impact on the country's fight against TB.

As State governments in the country have an equally important role to play in eradicating TB from the country, Modi said, he has written personally to all chief ministers to joint this campaign.

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

India will play a historic role in eradicating the disease which was affecting the poor mostly, he said.

TB is the leading infectious killer in India.

"We were progressing at the rate of just 1 per cent", said the PM, adding that at that pace it would have taken another 40 years to achieve complete immunisation.

"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.

According to official figures, over 10 million people are affected by TB every year in India.

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.

As the main cause of death from antimicrobial resistance, TB also poses a threat to global health security. The National Strategic Plan for TB elimination is backed by funding of over 12,000 crore rupees over the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.