Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline. He also inaugurated the Delhi End-TB Summit, which is being attended by leaders from across the globe to find new ways to fight the disease.
“A target has been set to end TB globally by 2030. I would like to announce that we have set aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead by 2025,” Modi said at the event.
After inaugurating the Delhi End-TB Summit, 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.
While speaking at the event, the Prime Minister stressed on analysing the situation and changing the approach in the fight against the deadly disease.
The efforts to curb tuberculosis has not yielded successful results yet, said the Prime Minister. He also urged the state governments to play a major role in eliminating TB.
“State governments have a major role to play in elimination of TB from India. I have written to all chief ministers to join this mission,” Modi said and added that the measure would also boost the spirit of cooperative federalism.
He further added that front-line TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction.
TB is the most prevalent among communicable diseases in India and the poor were the worst affected by it. Every step taken towards eradicating the disease is directly connected to their lives, Modi explained.
Leaders from across the globe have converged in the national capital for the summit, hosted by the Union Ministry of Health along with the WHO and the Stop TB Partnership. TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people contract TB every year.
The summit will set the stage for the September 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be discussed in the UN General Assembly at the Heads of State level.
(With inputs from agencies)