PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

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PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025

Launching the TB-free India campaign to take the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode, Modi reiterated his government's aim to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be guest of honor at this week's Delhi TB Summit in India, where World Health Organization and Stop TB Partnership will launch a joint initiative aimed at finding 4 million missing people with TB. They are working in a smoke-free atmosphere, using clean energy."Mr Modi talked about world's biggest public health programme "Ayushman Bharat' and added " The aim is to create such an eco-system so that malnutrition is reduced."He stressed on use of Ayurvedic and Yoga with the mainstream medicines and stated that India was ready to work with all the countries in the world in this direction".

"But the ground reality still remains that we have not been successful in curbing tuberculosis".

Mr. Narendra Modi said that the state governments must play a crucial role in eradicating tuberculosis and he has written to the Chief Ministers of all the states informing the same.

Holding that tuberculosis impacts lives, economy and the future of a nation, he said it is the poor who are worst affected by this communicable disease and every step taken towards eradicating tuberculosis is directly connected to their lives.

The summit was organised by Ministry of Health in support with World Health Organisation (WHO) in national capital New Delhi. The PM's announcement today makes the advanced target for TB elimination official.

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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.

"And we will see it again in September, when Heads of State will gather at the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in NY", he said.

The summit is hosted by Government of India, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.

He also urged the ministry of health to explore the potential of Ayurveda in treating TB and share the results with other countries. He also thanked the Prime Minister for his personal and political commitment saying that such commitment was needed to win the war against TB.

Speaking at the function, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said India's plans to achieve the targets 5 years before the global target was bold, courageous and ambitious.

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