Modi at 'Delhi End TB Summit'

Modi at 'Delhi End TB Summit'

India's focus on curative, promotive and preventive ways of healthcare including Ayurveda and Yoga have been recognised around the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and announced that the country would work towards ending Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals health targets.

He also congratulated all frontline TB physicians and workers as well as those affected by the disease for their determination to defeat TB through proper medication.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate The Delhi End TB Summit at VigyanBhawan in the capital tomorrow. But I declare that India would be free from tuberculosis five years ahead by 2025. We hope such efforts will ignite concrete political leadership and action on the ground to end TB.

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.

India will play a historic role in eradicating the disease which was affecting the poor mostly, he said. On the launch of major health mission by the Central government, PMO India tweeted, " A TB patient after successfully fighting against the disease can inspire many others.

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Reiterating the government's commitment, Union minister for health and family welfare J P Nadda said the National Strategic Plan to end TB by 2025 rolled out by the government has already been appreciated by the global community as a model plan for combating TB.

"The government has made a provision of spending $100 million per annum for providing nutrition support to the patients", Modi said. Ever after curation, over 10 million people contract TB every year.

The summit would set the stage for the September 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be discussed in the UN General Assembly at the Heads of State level. We must also seek new sources of financing; more efficient case finding, diagnosis and treatment; put people with TB at the center of the response; help countries move toward universal health systems; increase research for TB and ensure that human rights and equity are protected.

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

Speaking at the function, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said India's plans to achieve the targets 5 years before the global target was bold, courageous and ambitious.

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