In 1 Year We Will Be Able To Achieve 90% Immunisation, Says PM Modi Inaugurating 'End TB' Summit

| March 13 , 2018 , 13:10 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the End Tuberculosis Summit at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. The main aim of the summit is to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action toward the 'End TB by 2025' goal.

The Summit is hosted by the Health Ministry along with World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership.

While addressing the summit PM said, "I would like to announce that we have set the aim to eradicate TB from India By 2025."

Modi said "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet. I believe that if something doesn't yield result even after 10-15 years then we need to change our approach. The situation needs to be analysed."

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PM stated that country needs to work as a team to eradicate TB. He said, "The fact that several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here, indicate how we, as a Team India, are determined to eradicate TB from India."

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. Today I am confident that in the duration of 1 year we'll be able to achieve 90% immunisation."

PM also launched TB free India Campaign, which will take the activities of National Strategic Plan-NSP for TB elimination forward in Mission mode.

The health ministers of a number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil have also taken part in the summit. 

With the funding of over Rs 12,000 crore over the next 3 years, the motto of the NSP is to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.

TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year.