The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the inaugural session of the “END TB” summit in New Delhi.
He expressed confidence that the Delhi End TB Summit would be a landmark event towards the complete elimination of TB. He said every step taken towards the eradication of this disease, is also linked to the betterment of the lives of the poor.
The Prime Minister announced that India has set a target for complete elimination of TB by 2025, as against the global target date of 2030. He said the Government is working comprehensively towards this goal. He said State Governments have a key role to play in this regard, and he has personally written to all Chief Ministers to join in this campaign.
The Prime Minister said frontline TB physicians and workers are a crucial part of the drive to eliminate TB. He said those patients who overcome this disease also inspire others.
The Prime Minister gave examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, to show how the Union Government is speeding up progress towards desired targets.