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Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

13 March 2018

"I would like to announce that we have set aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead, by 2025", Modi said.

The Prime Minister further informed that immunisation coverage in the country has increased more than six percent in the last three-and-a-half years.

By any standard, the 5,000 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden.

"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.

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In a bid to eradicate tuberculosis from India by the year 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a campaign against the infectious disease.

"I am positive that "Delhi End TB Summit" will be hailed as a landmark event in the quest to eliminate TB from the world", the PM said.

The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership. An airborne disease, TB represents a global health security threat and remains most prevalent among the poor.

After inaugurating the Delhi End TB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan in the capital city, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign to eradicate Tuberculosis from India by 2025.

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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. They are working in a smoke-free atmosphere, using clean energy."Mr Modi talked about world's biggest public health programme "Ayushman Bharat' and added " The aim is to create such an eco-system so that malnutrition is reduced."He stressed on use of Ayurvedic and Yoga with the mainstream medicines and stated that India was ready to work with all the countries in the world in this direction". 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.

PM Modi reiterated that we should change our approach and try to focus on eliminating from TB from the country.

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".

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 19,36,158 cases of TB were reported from India in 2016.

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Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025