Citing the examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, the Prime Minister said that immunization and sanitation coverage has increased drastically in the last four years, therefore a right approach is needed to achieve the targets. According to stats, due to TB every year 1.7 million lost their lives across the country. The PM's announcement today makes the advanced target for TB elimination official.
"State governments have a major role to play in the elimination of TB from India".
Mr. Narendra Modi said that the state governments must play a crucial role in eradicating tuberculosis and he has written to the Chief Ministers of all the states informing the same.
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He also called for multi-sectoral engagement and participation of all stake-holders at every level to create "TB-free village, panchayat, district and state", noting that frontline TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction.
He said TB mainly affected the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease was a step towards improving the lives of the poor. Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target.
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.
India has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world-each year, 29 lakh new cases of TB are reported; 4.20 lakh people, mostly poor, are known to die of the disease.
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As India's Prime Minister Modi recently said: "We can not allow such human tragedies for a disease that is treatable and for which drugs and diagnostics are available in the public health care system".
The Prime Minister termed the Delhi summit a landmark event before the United Nations General Assembly in September this year as it is an important step for entire humanity. We must also seek new sources of financing; more efficient case finding, diagnosis and treatment; put people with TB at the center of the response; help countries move toward universal health systems; increase research for TB and ensure that human rights and equity are protected.
The health ministers of a number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil have also taken part in the summit.
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