PM sets 2025 deadline for TB-Free India

PM sets 2025 deadline for TB-Free India

"I would like to announce that we have set an aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead by 2025", Modi said, while inaugurating the Delhi End-TB Summit in the Indian capital.

Taking a dig at the UPA government, the PM pointed out that though immunisation campaigns have been on in the country for the last 35 years, the target of complete immunisation had not been achieved till 2014.

By any standard, the 5,000 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden.

"A target has been set to end TB globally by 2030".

Prime Minister Modi is showing extraordinary leadership and political commitment by calling for India to end tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target.

The summit is hosted by Government of India, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.

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.

He praised the ground level workers for their hard work and said, "Between TV and TB, it's easier to move away from the latter."TB Survivors can easily influence the disease-affected and they can help out in the programme, Mr Modi said while pointing out to a survivor from Bihar Siddheshwar Kumar Singh, who was sitting in the audience and had earlier shared his story".

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. THE WEEK had reported that in the letter, the PM had asked CMs to "closely monitor key performance indicators such as case notification (including from private sector), treatment success rate", and "active case finding in tuberculosis". As per the latest reports, tuberculosis was the most prevalent among all communicable diseases in the country.

Also present on the occasion were Union Minister for Health J.P. Nadda; Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel; Director-General, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; former director, Stop TB Partnership, Ms. Lucica Difiu; along with Health Ministers from 20 countries. "Today I am confident that in the duration of 1 year we'll be able to achieve 90% immunisation".

TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable.

The Prime Minister termed the Delhi summit a landmark event before the United Nations General Assembly in September this year as it is an important step for entire humanity.