PM Modi launches campaign to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025

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Most of victims of TB in India are the poor and hence every step taken to wipe out TB should be linked directly to their lives, the Prime Minister said adding that the current Union Budget has proposed to set aside US$100 million to provide nutritional support to TB patients.

Targeting the previous governments, Modi said the immunisation programme has been going on for the last 30-35 years and despite this the country could not achieve the target of a complete coverage till 2014.

Modi said the government is moving ahead with the principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity" and is roping in the private sector as well.

"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.

Prime Minister Modi is showing extraordinary leadership and political commitment by calling for India to end tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target.

He hoped that the renewed focus of his government on universal immunisation, clean India campaign and providing LPG connections to poor households will have a positive impact on the country's fight against TB. After inaugurating the Delhi End-TB Summit in the national capital, Mr Modi 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.

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

He further said that TB was the most prevalent among communicable diseases in the country and the poor were the worst affected by it.

TB is the leading infectious killer in India, where there were an estimated 28 lakh new cases in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those who had TB as well as HIV. "We firmly believe that with high willpower and efforts of passionate TB workers can make India and world to successfully achieve this mission". "Today I am confident that in the duration of 1 year we'll be able to achieve 90% immunisation".

The health ministers of a number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil have also taken part in the summit.

More than 10 million people around the world get sick every year with tuberculosis, and 40 percent of them fail to be diagnosed, treated or reported by health systems.

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