Speaking at the "End TB Summit", the Prime Minsiter said, "2030 has been set as the target around the world for eradicating TB, but I would like to announce that we have set the aim five years ahead of it, that is, we aim to eradicate TB from India by 2025".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India would totally eliminate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025, a good 5 years ahead of the global deadline set for 2030 and has already started working towards achieving this goal. "I have written to all chief ministers to join this mission", Modi said, adding it would boost the spirit of cooperative federalism.
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.
He also urged the ministry of health to explore the potential of Ayurveda in treating TB and share the results with other countries.
This is not the first time that the PM has also displayed his commitment to TB eradication.
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He said TB mainly affected the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease was a step towards improving the lives of the poor. Keeping in mind the global target our government will try to end TB from India ahead by 2025.
PM Modi after launching the Delhi End-TB Summit, launched the TB-free India Campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode.
Targeting the previous governments, Modi said the immunisation programme has been going on for the last 30-35 years and despite this the country could not achieve the target of a complete coverage till 2014. Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target.
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.
Meanwhile, Jamhoih Tonsing, South Asia Regional Director of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease said India has the highest number of TB cases in the world which makes it the frontline of the fight to eliminate the disease. 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.