Narendra Modi says govt working towards making India tuberculosis-free by 2025

India will support every country to make a TB-free world PM Modi at End TB Summit

India will support every country to make a TB-free world PM Modi at End TB Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline.

He also called for multi-sectoral engagement and participation of all stake-holders at every level to create "TB-free village, panchayat, district and state", noting that frontline TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction. This is not the first time that any government at Centre has initiated a campaign against tuberculosis, but in past, many governments had started campaigns like this against infectious disease, but due to improper management and implementation they were unsuccessful to show off their results.

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.

"There is nowhere more significant to hold this meeting than here in India, the country with the most people living with, and dying from, TB", he said.

TB free India Campaign will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in mission mode, the Prime Minister 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".

"The government has made a provision of spending Dollars 100 million per annum for providing nutrition support to the patients suffering from disease", he said.

Reiterating the government's commitment, Union minister for health and family welfare J P Nadda said the National Strategic Plan to end TB by 2025 rolled out by the government has already been appreciated by the global community as a model plan for combating TB. "Every step taken towards eradicating the disease is directly connected to their lives", Mr Modi added.

Tedros said World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership called upon leaders and partners from all sectors to make bold and specific commitments as India was making today.

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

"If the world is to win the war against TB, we must win the battle here in India", the WHO director-general said.

The Prime Minister also listed down other measures like Swachh Bharat Mission, the Ujjwala Yojana, Nutrition Mission and National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) for medical insurance that would help India eradicate TB by 2025.