India’s focus on curative, promotive and preventive ways of healthcare including Ayurveda and Yoga have been recognized around the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and announced that the country would work towards ending Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals health targets.
Speaking at the Delhi End TB Summit here, the Prime Minister said India has set the goal of eradicating Tuberculosis by 2025 – five years earlier than the World Health Organisation (WHO) aim. He said with the principle of ‘treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity’, the government was engaging private sector in its schemes and policies.
‘We have had a long journey in eradicating TB and have not been totally successful n wiping out the disease so a change in approach was required,’ he said. TB free India Campaign will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in mission mode, the Prime Minister said. India will play a historic role in eradicating the disease which was affecting the poor mostly, he said. Budget for Tuberculosis eradication has been increased and Rs 100 million has been allocated for nutritional support, Mr Modi said.
Emphasis has been on monitoring , surveillance and use of modern equipment including diagnosis and vaccines, to fight and totally rout out the disease, he said.The Prime Minister said he has personally written letters to state chief ministers to cooperate in this programme and work as ‘Team India’. He praised the ground level workers for their hard work and said,’Between TV and TB, it’s easier to move away from the latter.’ TB Survivors can easily influence the disease-affected and they can help out in the programme, Mr Modi said while pointing out to a survivor from Bihar Siddheshwar Kumar Singh, who was sitting in the audience and had earlier shared his story.
‘Nobody can stop us from achieving our aim of routing out the disease. We will work at every level, be it — panchayat, villagec or district. The task ahead is difficult but not impossible. ‘If we go the holistic way in facing challenges then we achieve results,’ he said. Giving examples, Mr Modi said immunisation programme has been going on for 35 years and till 2014, the work was incomplete. ‘Earlier, the work which was going with 1 per cent, has now increased to 6 per cent and 90 per cent task will be completed in a year.’
Emphasising on multi-sectoral intervention, Mr Modi spoke about Swachh India Mission and Ujjwala Scheme for women. ‘Eight crore women have benefitted from Ujjwala scheme and have got free LPG connections. They are working in a smoke-free atmosphere, using clean energy.’ Mr Modi talked about world’s biggest public health programme “Ayushman Bharat’ and added ‘ The aim is to create such an eco-system so that malnutrition is reduced.’
He stressed on use of Ayurvedic and Yoga with the mainstream medicines and stated that India was ready to work with all the countries in the world in this direction.’Our government is committed to helping out the last needy person,’ he said. Earlier Health Minister JP nadda spoke about primary, promotive and palliative healthcares. Quoting a survey, he said 27,000 new patients benefitted in 378 districts.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Ministers of Nigeria and Indonesia — Dr Nila Moeloek and Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole also spoke on the occasion.The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.
The Prime Minister launched Tuberculosis-Free India Campaign on the occasion which will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in Mission mode. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB elimination is backed by funding of over Rs 12,000-crore 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 Programme, which has treated over 2 Crore patients since its inception in 1997.