PM launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

Macron Modi enjoy boat ride on Ganga in Varanasi

Macron Modi enjoy boat ride on Ganga in Varanasi

Mr. Narendra Modi launched the Tuberculosis Free India campaign to take the activities of National Strategic Plan (NSP) in a mission towards eradicating the disease from the country, five years ahead of the 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 could make a major contribution in this direction. "The target is set", said Modi in his inaugural address at Delhi End TB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan. But I declare that India would be free from tuberculosis five years ahead by 2025. 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.

State governments have a major role to play in the elimination of TB from India, Modi said, adding he has written to all chief ministers to join this mission. An airborne disease, TB represents a global health security threat and remains most prevalent among the poor. Moreover, the government of India has nearly doubled the budget for tuberculosis in the financial year 2017-2018, and has allocated an additional US$100 million for 2018-2019 to alleviate the financial burden on TB patients during the course of their treatment.

"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. Budget for Tuberculosis eradication has been increased and Rs 100 million has been allocated for nutritional support, Mr Modi said.

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Although the labor market has become healthier over the past year, there is still some slack, Poloz said. Getting back to that threshold would add another 100,000 people to the labour force, he said.

Listing out the steps taken by his government, Modi said flagship programmes like Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and providing LGP connections for a "smokeless kitchen" under Ujjwala Bharat Yojana will also reduce the dangers of contracting the disease.

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.

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

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Ministers of Nigeria and Indonesia - Dr Nila Moeloek and Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole also spoke on the occasion.

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