#EndTB summit: ‘Team India is determined to eradicate TB’ says PM Modi

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Delhi End TB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi. The Prime Minister launched Tuberculosis Free India Campaign, which will take the activities of National Strategic Plan- NSP for TB elimination forward in Mission mode. The Summit is being co-hosted by the Health Ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office and Stop TB Partnership

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  • India continues to have the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, stated the Global TB Report 2017 released by World Health Organization (WHO).
  • On PM Modi’s direction, a national strategic plan has been developed to eradicate TB by the year 2020 to 2025. 
  • With the funding of around Rs 12,000 crore over the next three years, the motto of the NSP is to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.
  • Under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program RNTCP,  TB treatment is available free of cost at all government and identified private and NGO health facilities.
  • Leaders from across the globe have converged in the national capital to attend the summit, including ministers from all the states across India. 
  • Among those who present at the Summit were Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Union MoS Health Anupriya Patel, and WHO Director General TA Ghebreyesus.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  announced that India has set the aim to eradicate TB from India by 2025. “I would like to announce that we have set the aim to eradicate TB from India by 2025. 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,” said PM Modi.

He added, “The fact that several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here, indicate how we, as Team India, are determined to eradicate TB from India.”

He also invoked cooperative federalism as a way to counter the disease. In December 2017, he had written to chief ministers of states, asking them to hold quarterly reviews of the tuberculosis control programme.

Highlighting that most of TB’s victims are poor, the PM said that the measures taken to eliminate TB will have a bearing on the lives of the poor.

PM Modi also underlined the work being done by the government to correctly identify TB victims, ensure that active cases are known on time, and whether the medicines that are being prescribed are effective. Steps have also been taken to see whether the TB under treatment is drug-resistant.

He also congratulated all frontline TB physicians and workers as well as those affected by the disease for their determination to defeat TB through proper medication. “I am positive that ‘Delhi End TB Summit’ will be hailed as a landmark event in the quest to eliminate TB from the world,” the PM said.

PM Modi’s speech:

  • The pace 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’m confident that in the duration of 1 year we’ll be able to achieve 90% immunization.
  • Several ministers from all states and concerned officers are present in the event here. we, as ‘Team India’, are determined to eradicate TB from India.
  • 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.
  • Between TV and TB, it’s easier to move away from the latter.
  • With the principle of ‘treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity’, the government is engaging the private sector in its schemes and policies.
  • One of the top ten causes of death worldwide, tuberculosis clocks up approximately 2.8 million cases and nearly half a million deaths on an annual basis in India.