Launching the TB-free India campaign to eradicate the disease by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said global efforts to eliminate tuberculosis have not been successful and stressed on changing the approach to achieve the goal. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be guest of honor at this week's Delhi TB Summit in India, where World Health Organization and Stop TB Partnership will launch a joint initiative aimed at finding 4 million missing people with TB. 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.
As State governments in the country have an equally important role to play in eradicating TB from the country, Modi said, he has written personally to all chief ministers to joint this campaign.
"WHO will stand by India, and by every country that decides TB has no place in its future", he said.
"We were progressing at the rate of just 1 per cent", said the PM, adding that at that pace it would have taken another 40 years to achieve complete immunisation.
"The government has made a provision of spending United States dollars 100 million per annum for providing nutrition support to the patients suffering from disease", he said.
"The deadline to eradicate TB from the world has been set at 2030". A 2017 report by the Global TB Caucus examining how the global economy would be affected if the TB crises continues unabated estimated that deaths from TB will cost the global economy close to US$1 trillion over the next 15 years. Ever after curation, over 10 million people contract TB every year.
Listing out the steps taken by his government, Modi said flagship programmes like Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and providing LGP connections for a "smokeless kitchen" under Ujjwala Bharat Yojana will also reduce the dangers of contracting the disease.
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.
"And we will see it again in September, when Heads of State will gather at the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in NY", he said. He also thanked the Prime Minister for his personal and political commitment saying that such commitment was needed to win the war against TB.