India will eliminate tuberculosis by 2025: Modi

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India will eliminate tuberculosis by 2025: Modi

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 prime minister was speaking at the inauguration of the Delhi End-TB Summit here. 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".

Urging all chief ministers to join this mission so that the 2025 target could be easily met, the prime minister said: "The state governments across the country have a major role to play in elimination of TB from India".

He said TB mainly affected the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease was a step towards improving the lives of the poor.

The prime minister said his government's thrust has been on technology and innovation in this field to better the drugs, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and to boost research, India TB Research Consortium has also been set up.

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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"The government has made a provision of spending United States dollars 100 million per annum for providing nutrition support to the patients suffering from disease", he said.

"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. With this pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve it.

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.

The UN High-Level Meeting on TB is a historic opportunity to ensure TB gets on the agenda of the heads of states and governments, and that we get different sectors engaged and accelerate our efforts to put the world on course to ending TB. TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people contract TB every 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.

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