"I would like to announce that we have set aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead, by 2025", Modi said.
Citing the examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, the Prime Minister said that immunization and sanitation coverage has increased drastically in the last four years, therefore a right approach is needed to achieve the targets.
He said with the principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity", the government was engaging private sector in its schemes and policies.
India's focus on curative, promotive and preventive ways of healthcare including Ayurveda and Yoga have been recognised around the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and announced that the country would work towards ending Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals health targets. Moreover, the government of India has nearly doubled the budget for tuberculosis in the financial year 2017-2018, and has allocated an additional US$100 million for 2018-2019 to alleviate the financial burden on TB patients during the course of their treatment.
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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.
TB is the leading infectious killer in India.
"TB is the most prevalent among communicable diseases in the country and the poor are the worst affected by it. We firmly believe that with high willpower and efforts of passionate TB workers can make India and world to successfully achieve this mission".
As India's Prime Minister Modi recently said: "We can not allow such human tragedies for a disease that is treatable and for which drugs and diagnostics are available in the public health care system".
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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 Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion.
With the funding of over Rs 12,000 crore over the next 3 years, the motto of the NSP is to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.
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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