Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the End Tuberculosis Summit at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. He said students and school children can play a key role in generating greater awareness in this regard.
There was an estimated 28 lakh new cases of TB in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those with TB and HIV.
"In India, TB has the maximum impact among communicable diseases".
He expressed confidence that the Delhi End TB Summit would be a landmark event towards the complete elimination of TB.
Referring to the results of recent Assembly elections in the three States of North Eastern region, Singh said, the revolutionary transformation in Northeast is a testimony to the Modi Government's outreach to unite the youth from different parts of country with diverse backgrounds through a common cord of common aspiration.
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PM also launched TB free India Campaign, which will take the activities of National Strategic Plan-NSP for TB elimination forward in Mission mode.
He called for a 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 could make a major contribution in this direction. "Today I am confident that in the duration of 1 year we'll be able to achieve 90% immunisation".
Last month, in his budget speech, the finance minister had also announced an additional allocation of Rs 600 crore for providing TB patients Rs 500 every month as "nutritional support" during the course of their treatment.
Also present on the occasion were Union Minister for Health J.P. Nadda; Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel; Director-General, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; former director, Stop TB Partnership, Ms. Lucica Difiu; along with Health Ministers from 20 countries. Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target.