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.
He said with the principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity", the government was engaging private sector in its schemes and policies. The initiative will be built on a Global Fund program with Stop TB, WHO and partners, which will contribute to finding an additional 1.5 million people with TB in 13 countries by 2020.
While addressing the gathering at "End TB Summit" in the national capital today Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I would like to announce that we have set the aim to eradicate TB from India by 2025".
"WHO will stand by India, and by every country that decides TB has no place in its future", he said.
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He 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.
He also stated that TB mainly affects poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor.
He praised the ground level workers for their hard work and said, "Between TV and TB, it's easier to move away from the latter."TB Survivors can easily influence the disease-affected and they can help out in the programme, Mr Modi said while pointing out to a survivor from Bihar Siddheshwar Kumar Singh, who was sitting in the audience and had earlier shared his story".
As India's Prime Minister Modi recently said: "We can not allow such human tragedies for a disease that is treatable and for which drugs and diagnostics are available in the public health care system". "I am confident that India can be free of TB by 2025". 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 has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world-each year, 29 lakh new cases of TB are reported; 4.20 lakh people, mostly poor, are known to die of the disease.
Among those who present at the Summit were Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Union MoS Health Anupriya Patel, and WHO Director General TA Ghebreyesus.
"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.
This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.
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