Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Leslie Hanson
March 13, 2018

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

The prime minister was speaking at the inauguration of the Delhi End-TB Summit here.

The National Strategic Plan to eradicate TB by 2025 is operational and the government is constantly increasing budget for the schemes to counter the disease, he said.

He also said that the government has established India TB Research Consortium to strengthen vaccines, medicines, diagnosis and implementation, and as the states have a key role to play in this regard, he has personally written to all Chief Ministers to join in the campaign.

Mr Modi pointed that TB was the most prevalent among communicable diseases in the country and the poor were the worst affected by it.

Listing out the steps taken by his government, Modi said flagship programmes like Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and providing LGP connections for a "smokeless kitchen" under Ujjwala Bharat Yojana will also reduce the dangers of contracting the disease.


J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare; Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO; Ms.Lucica Difiu, Ex. Director, Stop TB Partnership along with the Health Ministers from 20 countries were also present at the inaugural function of the summit. The main aim of the summit is to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action toward the "End TB by 2025" goal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the rate of immunisation against tuberculosis has grown by 6 per cent in the last three-and-a-half years and expressed confidence of achieving 90 per cent immunisation coverage within the next year.

India has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world-each year, 29 lakh new cases of TB are reported; 4.20 lakh people, mostly poor, are known to die of the disease. The Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion.

He said the Delhi summit, organised by India's Health and Family Welfare Ministry, WHO South East Asia Region and Stop TB Partnership, is a landmark event before the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018 as it is an important step for entire humanity.

The UN High-Level Meeting on TB is a historic opportunity to ensure TB gets on the agenda of the heads of states and governments, and that we get different sectors engaged and accelerate our efforts to put the world on course to ending TB.

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