Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises to eradicate TB from India by 2025

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India has set the target of 2025 to eradicate TB, five years before the global deadline. He was speaking at "End TB Summit" in Delhi.

According to the World Health Organization, the South-East Asia Region, including India, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46 percent global TB disease burden.

After inaugurating the Delhi End-TB Summit here, the prime minister launched the TB-free India Campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode for ending the epidemic by 2025. It is mostly the poor who are the victims of this disease. "That is why every step taken towards eradicating TB is directly linked to the lives of the poor". Modi said he targets 90% immunisation levels in India within a year.

PM Modi also underlined the work being done by the government to correctly identify TB victims, ensure that active cases are known on time, and whether the medicines that are being prescribed are effective.

Modi said that he had personally written to the chief ministers of all the states to join in this campaign because the task can not be fulfilled without their participation.

The Prime Minister further informed that immunisation coverage in the country has increased more than six percent in the last three-and-a-half years.

"Even the most hard of things can be achieved, but for that we need to fix a target". PM Modi indicated that we, as "Team India", are determined to eradicate TB from India.

Director General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said WHO stands with India and other countries in the fight against Tuberculosis.

The summit is being co-hosted by the Health Ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office and Stop TB Partnership.

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