PM Modi speaking on the sidelines of an event called End-TB Summit said, "A target has been set to eradicate Tuberculosis globally by 2030".
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. This is not the first time that any government at Centre has initiated a campaign against tuberculosis, but in past, many governments had started campaigns like this against infectious disease, but due to improper management and implementation they were unsuccessful to show off their results.
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. "We firmly believe that with high willpower and efforts of passionate TB workers can make India and world to successfully achieve this mission".
The prime minister said his governments thrust has been on technology and innovation in this field to better the drugs, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and to boost research, India TB Research Consortium has also been set up.
PM also launched TB free India Campaign, which will take the activities of National Strategic Plan-NSP for TB elimination forward in Mission mode. "Thus strengthening the spirit of cooperative federalism, I have personally written to the State governments to join in this mission", he said.
"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.
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. "TB mainly affects the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor", said Modi.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Ministers of Nigeria and Indonesia - Dr Nila Moeloek and Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole also spoke on the occasion.
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.