Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

PM launches Tuberculosis Free India Campaign

PM launches Tuberculosis Free India Campaign

Launching the TB Free India campaign here, Mr Modi said that while the global target to eradicate the disease is 2030, in India the government has given unto itself the 2025 deadline to meet the objective. Speaking at inaugural "Delhi End TB Summit" on Tuesday, the PM called for coordination between the Centre and the states to achieve the goal.

While addressing the summit PM said, "I would like to announce that we have set the aim to eradicate TB from India By 2025". It is mostly the poor who are the victims of this disease. "Thus every step taken for the elimination of TB is directly connected to the lives of the poor", he said. "The situation needs to be analysed".

Modi said that he had personally written to the chief ministers of all the states to join in this campaign because the task can not be fulfilled without their participation. In the last three years, the rate of immunisation against the disease has grown to 6% annually from 1% in 2014, he claimed.

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He said TB was declared emergency by World Health Organization 25 years ago and India have come a long way in the fight against Tuberculosis. "Today I'm confident that in the duration of 1 year we'll be able to achieve 90 per cent immunisation", the PM elaborated. He said the government was doing "massive work" to ensure that active TB cases are identified at the right time and the right medicines are given. Acknowledging the same, PM Modi said, "The fact that several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here, indicate how we, as "Team India", are determined to eradicate TB from the country".

Director General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said WHO stands with India and other countries in the fight against Tuberculosis.

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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