Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister said front-line workers played a crucial role in TB elimination along with the people who had demonstrated great courage in defeating this disease. The Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion.

PM Modi also underlined the work being done by the government to correctly identify TB victims, ensure that active cases are known on time, and whether the medicines that are being prescribed are effective.

"A target has been set to end TB globally by 2030".

Prime Minister Modi also said that the unsuccessful efforts towards curbing the disease called for a re-evaluation and change in the approach. He said, "The fact that several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here, indicate how we, as a Team India, are determined to eradicate TB from India". Keeping in mind the global target our government will try to end TB from India ahead by 2025.

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Creating a Swastha Bharat is part of Prime Minister's vision of New India and the launch of the new strategic plan is another step in this direction. "Thus strengthening the spirit of cooperative federalism, I have personally written to the State governments to join in this mission", he said.

He further said under the National Health Protection Scheme, 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) would be provided coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

Targeting the previous governments, Modi said the immunisation programme has been going on for the last 30-35 years and despite this the country could not achieve the target of a complete coverage till 2014.

"However, in the last three-and-a-half per years it has increased by 6 percent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 percent immunisation coverage", he said. While the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB will be held in September, this year and future course of action will be decided in the UN General Assembly.

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