NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed confidence that India would achieve the goal of complete elimination of Tuberculosis by 2025.
Inaugurating the “END TB Summit’’ here, Mr Modi said that India had set 2025 as the elimination year as against the global target of 2030. The government is working comprehensively towards this goal, he said adding that the State governments have a key role of play in this regard. He said he had personally written to all Chief Ministers to join this campaign.
Delhi End TB Summit would be a landmark event towards the complete elimination of TB, the Prime Minister said. He said every step taken towards the eradication of this disease, is also linked to the betterment of the lives of the poor.
Mr Modi said frontline TB physicians and workers are a crucial part of the drive to eliminate TB. He said those patients who overcome this disease also inspire others.
Citing the examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, to show how the Union Government is speeding up progress towards desired targets, he said the same would be done with TB.
The global summit has been organized by the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Tuberculosis is a highly infectious disease that kills 4.80 lakh people every year in the country. One-fifth of the world’s TB cases are reported from India. TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year. WHO South-East Asia Region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden.