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.
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.
"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.
While addressing the gathering at "End TB Summit" in the national capital today Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I would like to announce that we have set the aim to eradicate TB from India by 2025". 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.
State governments have a major role to play in the elimination of TB from India, Modi said, adding he has written to all chief ministers to join this mission. THE WEEK had reported that in the letter, the PM had asked CMs to "closely monitor key performance indicators such as case notification (including from private sector), treatment success rate", and "active case finding in tuberculosis".
The Prime Minister also said that TB was one of the most prevalent among communicable diseases and the poor were the most affected by it.
"The pace of the immunisation coverage earlier was inching ahead by just a percent. We firmly believe that with high willpower and efforts of passionate TB workers can make India and world to successfully achieve this mission". TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people contract TB every year.
The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership. In September, heads of state have a unique opportunity to raise their game and decisively shift the trajectory of the disease with the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB.
This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.