The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launching the TB Free India Campaign, at the inaugural session of “END TB” Summit, in New Delhi on March 13, 2018.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launching the TB Free India Campaign, at the inaugural session of “END TB” Summit, in New Delhi on March 13, 2018.

With TB Free India Campaign Prime Minister Modi envisions to end TB by 2025 ahead of SDGs deadline

Having recently reviewed work in progress on the ambitious Ayushman Bharat lately, Prime Minister Modi is now in quest to ensure that New India is free from Tuberculosis. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today inaugurate The Delhi End TB Summit today and launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign on this occasion.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the inaugural session of “END TB” Summit, in New Delhi on March 13, 2018.

PM Modi at the inaugural session of “END TB” Summit, in New Delhi on March 13, 2018.

The Delhi End TB Summit at VigyanBhawan is co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.

With the launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign,  activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination will move forward in Mission mode. The National Strategic Plan for TB elimination is backed by funding of over 12,000 crore rupees over the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support. The new NSP adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to ‘Detect’ all TB patients with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations,

The Prime Minister’s vision to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG’s has galvanised the efforts of the Revised National Tuberculosis Program, which has treated over 2 Crore patients since its inception in 1997.

News Update| 17 April 2018| J P Nadda chairs high level review meeting on Leprosy and TB

J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, held a high level meeting to review the status of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) and the progress made under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) on 17 April 2018. Sanjeeva Kumar, AS (H), Manoj Jhalani, AS & MD and other senior officers of the Union Health Ministry were present at the meeting.

During the meeting, Nadda directed for a comprehensive strategy for addressing incidence, prevalence and surveillance aspects to eliminate leprosyat the district level. He further directed the officials to take up new interventions in areas where the prevalence is high andmount aggressive IEC campaigns to enhance awareness on prevention and control of leprosy in the states, and to destigmatise leprosy.

Taking stock of the Tuberculosis Control Program, Naddaurged urged all stakeholders to come together for an aggressive strategy for TB free India by 2025.  He further said that there is an urgent need for creating awareness in the community and was of the view that ‘TB Champions’ who survived Tuberculosis, may be identified to raise awareness about TB in various states. He further suggested that innovative approaches should be adopted to address TB. He further directed that TB awareness and case detection should be addressed through campaign mode and should be made into a mass movement.

The Health Minister also directed the officers to conduct regular supervisory visits to various states for assessing the situation, preparedness and to provide on the spot technical guidance to the state health authorities. The Minister has also asked senior officers to review the progress of both the programme regularly.

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