PM Modi sets 2025 deadline to eradicate tuberculosis from India


The Prime Minister will launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign on this occasion.

The new NSP adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to detect all TB patients with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations, treat all patients irrespective of where they seek care adopting a patient-centric approach, prevent emergence of TB in susceptible population groups and build empowered institutions and human resources to streamline implementation, Nadda said. As per the latest reports, tuberculosis was the most prevalent among all communicable diseases in the country.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate The Delhi End TB Summit at VigyanBhawan in the capital tomorrow. "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet". 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".

He launched the TB-free India campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode for eradicating the disease by 2025. The PM's announcement today makes the advanced target for TB elimination official. "Thus every step taken for the elimination of TB is directly connected to the lives of the poor", he said. "The programme is also facilitating the TB patients to avail various social support schemes of the state governments", minister of state, health and family welfare Anupriya Patel told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

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Noting that TB is associated with social stigma and patients often hesitate to reveal their disease, Modi said that willpower is very critical to win over the disease.

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.

"The pace of the immunisation coverage earlier was inching ahead by just one per cent".

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.