PM Modi sets 2025 deadline to eradicate tuberculosis from India

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

India's focus on curative, promotive and preventive ways of healthcare including Ayurveda and Yoga have been recognised around the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and announced that the country would work towards ending Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals health targets.

"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. "Front-line TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction".

India will play a historic role in eradicating the disease which was affecting the poor mostly, he said. "The target is set", said Modi in his inaugural address at Delhi End TB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan.

As India's Prime Minister Modi recently said: "We can not allow such human tragedies for a disease that is treatable and for which drugs and diagnostics are available in the public health care system". I believe that if something doesn't yield result even after 10-15 years then we need to change our approach.

The Prime Minister launched Tuberculosis-Free India Campaign on the occasion which will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in Mission mode.

He pointed out that in Moscow in November, President Vladimir Putin had committed to engaging globally to end TB, and now India had resolved to eradicate it. He said, "The fact that several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here, indicate how we, as a Team India, are determined to eradicate TB from India". But I declare that India would be free from tuberculosis five years ahead by 2025.

"The government has made a provision of spending $100 million per annum for providing nutrition support to the patients", Modi said. Every step taken towards eradicating the disease is directly connected to their lives, he added.

Mr. Modi said State governments played a very important role in elimination of TB. With this pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve it.

The Summit is hosted by the Health Ministry along with World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership.

According to official figures, over 10 million people are affected by TB every year in India. While the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB will be held in September, this year and future course of action will be decided in the UN General Assembly.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.