India's focus on curative, promotive and preventive ways of healthcare including Ayurveda and Yoga have been recognised around the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and announced that the country would work towards ending Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals health targets.
He also added that the frontline workers are playing a crucial role in eliminating TB along with the people who have demonstrated great courage in defeating this disease.
"Given the way TB affects people's lives, health of the society and impacts the country's economy and future, it is very essential to get rid of TB within the stipulated time", Modi said while inaugurating the Delhi End TB Summit which is being organised by the Ministry of health and family welfare jointly with WHO's South East Asia Region Office and global coalition Stop TB Partnership. 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 per the latest reports, tuberculosis was the most prevalent among all communicable diseases in the country.
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. "I have written to all chief ministers to join this mission", Modi said, adding it would boost the spirit of cooperative federalism. On the launch of major health mission by the Central government, PMO India tweeted, " A TB patient after successfully fighting against the disease can inspire many others. The initiative will be built on a Global Fund program with Stop TB, WHO and partners, which will contribute to finding an additional 1.5 million people with TB in 13 countries by 2020.
Tedros said World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership called upon leaders and partners from all sectors to make bold and specific commitments as India was making today. Had we continued at the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target.
Modi said "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet". 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. The Prime Minister also launched the TB Free India Campaign on the occasion.