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 praised the ground level workers for their hard work and said, "Between TV and TB, it's easier to move away from the latter."TB Survivors can easily influence the disease-affected and they can help out in the programme, Mr Modi said while pointing out to a survivor from Bihar Siddheshwar Kumar Singh, who was sitting in the audience and had earlier shared his story". The Delhi "End TB summit" is being hosted by the Indian Health Ministry, WHO and the Stop TB Partnership. "I am confident that India can be free of TB by 2025".
Highlighting that most of TB's victims are poor, the PM said that the measures taken to eliminate TB will have a bearing on the lives of the poor.
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.
"To achieved "End TB" targets, the Government has rolled out new "National Strategic Plan (NSP) to end TB by 2025" which has been appreciated by the global community as a model plan for combating Tuberculosis", said Nadda. "Together, we aim to reach 40 million people with quality TB treatment by 2023".
TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people deal TB every year. On the launch of major health mission by the Central government, PMO India tweeted, " A TB patient after successfully fighting against the disease can inspire many others.
Modi said "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet".
Speaking at the function, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said India's plans to achieve the targets 5 years before the global target was bold, courageous and ambitious. In September, heads of state have a unique opportunity to raise their game and decisively shift the trajectory of the disease with the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB. He also thanked the Prime Minister for his personal and political commitment saying that such commitment was needed to win the war against TB.
Urging the Health and Family Welfare Ministry to increase the research work being done in ayurveda for finding cure for tuberculosis, he said: "India will supoport all countries needing first line drugs, commodities and technical support to fight TB".
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