PM sets 2025 deadline for TB-Free India
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday set deadline of 2025 to free India from tuberculosis (TB), five years ahead of the global deadline set by World Health Organisation (WHO).
"The deadline to eradicate TB from the world has been set at 2030. But I declare that India would be free from tuberculosis five years ahead by 2025. The target is set," said Modi in his inaugural address at Delhi End TB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan.
India is confident of achieving its target of 2025 as the government is following a new approach with multi-sectoral interventions, said the Prime Minister
The disease was declared as an emergency 25 years ago and since then several countries have tried different measures to check the disease but with limited success. There was a need to change the approach of tackling the problem advocating for a more holistic approach, he added,
"India has launched a new approach and strategy to eradicate TB from the country. The National Strategic Plan is fully operation," he said.
In 2016, the number of tuberculosis related deaths in India was more than 400,000, about one-third of the total number of global toll.
"By next year, I am confident of achieving 90 per cent immunisation in the country."
Elaborating how the immunisation rate was increased, he said that the government had first identified the districts and regions out of its coverage and then the 'Mission Indradhanush', targeting these areas with better vaccines, medicines and deeper engagement at ground level, was launched.
He also said that the government has established India TB Research Consortium to strengthen vaccines, medicines, diagnosis and implementation.
Modi has personally written to all Chief Ministers to join in the campaign.
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 support all countries needing first line drugs, commodities and technical support to fight TB."
The Prime Minister also listed down other measures like Swachh Bharat Mission, the Ujjwala Yojana, Nutrition Mission and National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) for medical insurance that would help India eradicate TB by 2025.