NEW DELHI : The Central Government has set the target of terminating tuberculosis in the country under its revised National Tuberculosis Disease Control Program (RNTCP) by 2025. For this purpose, the Government is working to increase political, financial and regional cooperation with South East Asian countries.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste has said that,” Under this programme, The Government is committed to end tuberculosis by 2025. The strategies adopted for this purpose include strengthening and improving quality of basic TB services, addressing TB HIV co-infection, other co-morbidities and MDR-TB. Further, targeted interventions in the vulnerable population, integrating newer molecular diagnostics for TB in the health system for early diagnosis of TB, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Enhanced Private Sector Engagement, Nikshay and E Nikshay etc. have also been leveraged as part of the strategies under RNTCP.
In the Ministerial meeting towards ending TB India in the South East Asia Region by 2030 held during 15-16 March 2017 in New Delhi, a Call for Action Resolution to end TB was signed by the eleven Country Ministers/ Vice Ministers. As per the resolution, the signatory Governments are committed to ending TB through political, financial and regional cooperation.