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India to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025: PM Modi

India to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025: PM Modi”

Launching the TB Free India campaign here, Mr Modi said that while the global target to eradicate the disease is 2030, in India the government has given unto itself the 2025 deadline to meet the objective.

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

According to the World Health Organization, the South-East Asia Region, including India, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46 percent global TB disease burden.

"In India, TB has the maximum impact among communicable diseases".

"Every step to eradicate tuberculosis concerns the lives of the poor, as the disease hurts them most", Modi said at the summit. "The situation needs to be analysed".

"We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet".

Taking a dig at the UPA government, the PM pointed out that though immunisation campaigns have been on in the country for the last 35 years, the target of complete immunisation had not been achieved till 2014. "In just three-and-a-half years, it has increased more than six percent per annum and in the next one year we are going to achieve a goal of 90 percent immunisation", he said.

"Even the most hard of things can be achieved, but for that we need to fix a target".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the country would have taken another 40 years to eradicate tuberculosis if it continued at its earlier pace.

He further said that front-line TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction.

Among those who present at the Summit were Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Union MoS Health Anupriya Patel, and WHO Director General TA Ghebreyesus.

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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