"India is determined to address the challenge of TB in mission mode". He also launched the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination. Speaking at inaugural "Delhi End TB Summit" on Tuesday, the PM called for coordination between the Centre and the states to achieve the goal.
The Prime Minister said front-line workers played a crucial role in TB elimination along with the people who had demonstrated great courage in defeating this disease. It is mostly the poor who are the victims of this disease.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh said that "New India" will represent youth aspirations and will essentially be the India of 21st century youth.
While addressing the Delhi End-TB Summit in New Delhi, he said his government was moving ahead with the principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity" and was roping in the private sector as well. Steps have also been taken to see whether the TB under treatment is drug-resistant.
While urging Chief Ministers of states to join this campaign, PM Modi cited Cooperative federalism defined in the constitution. In the last three years, the rate of immunisation against the disease has grown to 6% annually from 1% in 2014, he claimed.
"The pace of the immunisation coverage earlier was inching ahead by just one per cent".
Prime Minister quoted several government schemes and programmes that have left their imprint over the last 3 and a half years like Ujjwala mission, National Nutrition Mission, the Ayushman Bharat Mission and the National Immunisation Mission.
"Even the most hard of things can be achieved, but for that we need to fix a target". The PM's announcement today makes the advanced target for TB elimination official.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 19,36,158 cases of TB were reported from India in 2016.