"TB mainly affects the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor", said Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated India's commitment to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030. The Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clarion call to achieve the Sustainable Development goal of ending TB by 2025, 5 years, before the deadline set by the UN.
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Mr. Modi said State governments played a very important role in elimination of TB.
The Prime Minister said he has personally written letters to state chief ministers to cooperate in this programme and work as "Team India".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'.
He said TB mainly affected the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease was a step towards improving the lives of the poor.
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Prime Minister quoted several government schemes and programmes that have left their imprint over the last 3 and a half years like Ujjwala mission, National Nutrition Mission, the Ayushman Bharat Mission and the National Immunisation Mission. This is not the first time that any government at Centre has initiated a campaign against tuberculosis, but in past, many governments had started campaigns like this against infectious disease, but due to improper management and implementation they were unsuccessful to show off their results. One-fifth of the world's TB cases are reported from India.
The Summit is hosted by the Health Ministry along with World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership.
He criticised the past TB eradication program while saying, "The pace of with which the program to eradicate TB in the nation was moving forward earlier, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve it".
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TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable.