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Prime Minister Narendra Modi targets 90% immunisation against tuberculosis within a year

At'End TB Summit PM Modi Aims to Eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025 Causes of TB You Need to Know Learn about the causes of TB
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2018, 10:51

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reviewed progress of Open Defecation Free (ODF) targets in four states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, and Jammu and Kashmir, and emphasised on converting the ODF mission into a mass movement. Ministers of Health and high-level dignitaries from the ASEAN and African countries, Health Ministers of Indian states, the WHO Director-General, heads of other global agencies, as well as officers, volunteers and the private sector involved in eradicating TB are participating.

While speaking about the issue, PM Modi said, "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet". He called for the End TB programme to be completed in Mission mode by 2025. He said the Government is working comprehensively towards this goal. "I am confident that India can be free of TB by 2025", Modi said at the inauguration of 'End TB Summit.' TB is the leading infectious killer in India, where there were an estimated 28 lakh new cases in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those who had TB as well as HIV. He further said that front-line TB physicians and workers can make a most important contribution in this course.

The prime minister said his government's thrust had been on technology and innovation in this field to better the drugs, diagnosis and treatment of the disease, and to boost research, India the TB Research Consortium was also set up. In the last three years, the rate of immunisation against the disease has grown to 6% annually from 1% in 2014, he claimed.

Lok Sabha passes Budget without discussion, Opposition protests
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that the House will take up Finance Bill , appropriation bills at 12 noon. The government, he said, was ready to discuss any issue, but since the proceedings remained disrupted.

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

The Summit is hosted by the Health Ministry along with World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership.

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.

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