PM says time to change approach to eradicate the disease

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline.

He also called for multi-sectoral engagement and participation of all stake-holders at every level to create "TB-free village, panchayat, district and state", noting that frontline TB physicians and workers could make a major contribution in this direction. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be guest of honor at this week's Delhi TB Summit in India, where World Health Organization and Stop TB Partnership will launch a joint initiative aimed at finding 4 million missing people with TB.

TB is the leading infectious killer in India, where there were an estimated 28 lakh new cases in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those who had TB as well as HIV. We hope such efforts will ignite concrete political leadership and action on the ground to end TB.

Mr. Narendra Modi said that the state governments must play a crucial role in eradicating tuberculosis and he has written to the Chief Ministers of all the states informing the same.

Listing out the steps taken by his government, Modi said flagship programmes like Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and providing LGP connections for a "smokeless kitchen" under Ujjwala Bharat Yojana will also reduce the dangers of contracting the disease.

"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. Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target.

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India is also implementing the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination that is backed by a funding of over ₹12,000 crore for the next three years to ensure every TB patient in the country has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support, he said.

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.

"WHO will stand by India, and by every country that decides TB has no place in its future", he said. While speaking about the issue, PM Modi said, "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet".

"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.

"If the world is to win the war against TB, we must win the battle here in India", the WHO director-general said.

As the main cause of death from antimicrobial resistance, TB also poses a threat to global health security.

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