Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

PM says time to change approach to eradicate the disease

PM says time to change approach to eradicate the disease

"Today I announce that we have set 2025 as the deadline for India", the PM said at the Summit which was attended by ministers and concerned officials of all the states.

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.

"It is easier to get cured from TB than to stop watching TV", he said and added people should encourage TB patients for correct treatment by generating awareness at local level.

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.

The Prime Minister will launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign on this occasion.

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 free India Campaign will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in Mission mode.

TB is the leading infectious killer in India.

"Given the way TB affects people's lives, health of the society and impacts the country's economy and future, it is very essential to get rid of TB within the stipulated time", Modi said while inaugurating the Delhi End TB Summit which is being organised by the Ministry of health and family welfare jointly with WHO's South East Asia Region Office and global coalition Stop TB Partnership.

The Prime Minister also said that TB was one of the most prevalent among communicable diseases and the poor were the most affected by it.

TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people deal TB every year.

PM Modi reiterated that we should change our approach and try to focus on eliminating from TB from the country. The summit would set the stage for the September 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be thrashed out in the UN General Assembly at the Heads of State level.

The health ministers of a number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil have also taken part in the summit.

He also urged the ministry of health to explore the potential of Ayurveda in treating TB and share the results with other countries.

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