Modi at 'Delhi End TB Summit'

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Daro Sulakauri MSF

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the Indian Institutes of Technology to focus on solar energy sectors for innovations in the direction of no-cost solar-powered kitchens by keeping in mind that India is the biggest market of 25 crore families. "Thus every step taken for the elimination of TB is directly connected to the lives of the poor", he said.

Ever after curation, over 10 million people contract TB every year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi set 2025 as the deadline for India to achieve complete elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) from the country. He said the Government is working comprehensively towards this goal.

PM also launched TB free India Campaign, which will take the activities of National Strategic Plan-NSP for TB elimination forward in Mission mode.

Highlighting that most of TB's victims are poor, the PM said that the measures taken to eliminate TB will have a bearing on the lives of the poor. "The pace of the immunisation coverage earlier was inching ahead by just a percent".

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"However, in the last 3 to 3.5 per years it has increased by 6 per cent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage", he said while citing the progress on Mission Indradhanush as an example of how "new approaches" could turn things around.

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.

The summit is being co-hosted by the Health Ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office and Stop TB Partnership.

The summit would set the stage for the September 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be discussed in the UN General Assembly at the Heads of State level. This plan is backed by a historic funding of over 12,000 crore rupees for the next three years.

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