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PM Narendra Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

PM Narendra Modi launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

The Prime Minister's vision to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG's has galvanised the efforts of the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme, which has treated over 2 Crore patients since its inception in 1997.

Modi said immunisation in India had been going on for 30-35 years but at the prevailing rate of one per cent in 2014, another 40 years would have been required.

"It is easier to get cured from TB than to stop watching TV", he said and added people should encourage TB patients for correct treatment by generating awareness at local level.

He pointed out that in Moscow in November, President Vladimir Putin had committed to engaging globally to end TB, and now India had resolved to eradicate it.

Tedros was speaking at the "End TB Summit", inaugurated today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched a campaign to eradicate the disease by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline. 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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The Prime Minister stressed on analysing the situation and changing the approach, saying that efforts to curb tuberculosis has not yield successful results yet and said state governments have a major role to play in elimination of TB from the country. "That is why every step taken towards eradicating TB is directly linked to the lives of the poor". "Front-line TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction". A 2017 report by the Global TB Caucus examining how the global economy would be affected if the TB crises continues unabated estimated that deaths from TB will cost the global economy close to US$1 trillion over the next 15 years.

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 Prime Minister termed the Delhi summit a landmark event before the United Nations General Assembly in September this year as it is an important step for entire humanity.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 19,36,158 cases of TB were reported from India in 2016.

Urging the Health and Family Welfare Ministry to increase the research work being done in ayurveda for finding cure for tuberculosis, he said: "India will supoport all countries needing first line drugs, commodities and technical support to fight TB".