PM Modi launches TB Free India Campaign

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The Prime Minister will launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign on this occasion.

Mr. Modi said State governments played a very important role in elimination of TB.

India has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world-each year, 29 lakh new cases of TB are reported; 4.20 lakh people, mostly poor, are known to die of the disease.

Modi said the World Health Organization had declared tuberculosis an emergency 25 years ago and since then, several countries have made efforts to eliminate the disease.

"India is determined to address the challenge of TB in mission mode".

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"However, in the last three-and-a-half years, it has increased by 6 per cent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage", he said at the inauguration of the Delhi End-TB Summit.

After inaugurating End-TB Summit in Delhi, the prime minister launched the TB-free India Campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission approach for ending the outbreak by 2025.

"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. He said those patients who overcome this disease also inspire others.

Leaders from across the globe have converged in the national capital for the summit, hosted by the Union Ministry of Health along with the WHO and the Stop TB Partnership. "India and France are working together to utilize solar power to meet the requirement of clean energy across the globe", said Modi while addressing a gathering of over 11,000 women at DLW grounds after hosting the French President Emmanuel Macron in his parliamentary constituency on Monday evening. While the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB will be held in September, this year and future course of action will be decided in the UN General Assembly.

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.

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