The Union Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation and the Stop TB Partnership hosted ‘End-TB Summit’, attended by leaders from all over the world.
“A target has been set to end TB globally by 2030. I would like to announce that we have set aim to eradicate it from India five years ahead by 2025,” PM Modi said. “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.”
He added, “State governments have a major role to play in elimination of TB from India. I have written to all chief ministers to join this mission,”
Union health minister J.P. Nadda further explained, “We are starting new scheme for nutritional support, expanding public-private partnership models and aligning our strategies to follow the similar success we got in HIV /AIDS. We are using Information Technology (IT) tools for monitoring the programme and treatment adherence. Community engagement is the hallmark and it is becoming a social movement to end TB in India.”
Tuberculosis is the deadliest among all the infectious diseases in the country. In 2016 there were an estimated 28 lakh new cases and more than 4 lakh people succumbed it, including those with TB and HIV.
This summit sets the stage for the UN High-Level Meeting on TB, in Sept 2018. The disease would be discussed for the first time in the UN General Assembly at the Heads of State level.