He launched the TB-free India campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan.
He further said that TB was the most prevalent among communicable diseases in the country and the poor were the worst affected by it. According to stats, due to TB every year 1.7 million lost their lives across the country.
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"Given the way TB affects people's lives, health of the society and impacts the country's economy and future, it is very essential to get rid of TB within the stipulated time", Modi said while inaugurating the Delhi End TB Summit which is being organised by the Ministry of health and family welfare jointly with WHO's South East Asia Region Office and global coalition Stop TB Partnership. 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.
"But the ground reality still remains that we have not been successful in curbing tuberculosis".
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday set 2025 as the deadline year to eradicate tuberculosis from India, five years ahead of global target. Moreover, the government of India has nearly doubled the budget for tuberculosis in the financial year 2017-2018, and has allocated an additional US$100 million for 2018-2019 to alleviate the financial burden on TB patients during the course of their treatment.More news: Jake Gyllenhaal To Reunite With 'Nightcrawler' Director For Star-Studded Netflix Film
There are clear economic reasons for protecting India and the world from infectious disease.
"The rate of immunisation rose to 6 per cent in the last 3-and-half years and we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage by next year", the PM said.
The Prime Minister also listed down other measures like Swachh Bharat Mission, the Ujjwala Yojana, Nutrition Mission and National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) for medical insurance that would help India eradicate TB by 2025. About a third of AMR-related deaths are caused by drug-resistant TB.More news: Former Cuomo top aide found guilty on 3 counts
Modi called for multi-sectoral engagement and participation of all stakeholders at every level to create "TB-free village, panchayat, district and state", noting that frontline TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction. We should start by changing the status quo to move toward a comprehensive standard of care for TB. We must take advantage of this opportunity to deliver results, because we might not have the same chance again in the foreseeable future.