Varanasi: Today’s New India is known for achieving its goals. India has taken a big resolution against TB. The global target to eliminate TB is 2030, but India is working to eliminate TB five years earlier, that is, by 2025. I am sure that this resolution will definitely be met. Yes we can and TB, TB will lose, India will win, TB will lose, the world will win. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said these things while inaugurating One World TV Summit 2023 in Varanasi.
PM Modi also launched the TB Preventive Treatment (PTT), TB-Free Panchayat Initiative, Family-Centered Care Model for TB and India TB Annual Report 2023 during the event. He also virtually laid the foundation stone for BSL Lab’s Metropolitan Public Health Surveillance Unit in Varanasi.
India’s efforts set a new model for the global fight against TB
Prime Minister Modi made special mention of India’s global role in the fight against tuberculosis. He said that the efforts made by India after 2014 should be known to the whole world today as well because it is a new model in the global fight against tuberculosis. We had called on the people of the country to become Nikshay Mitra to join the TB Free India campaign. After this campaign, around 10 lakh TB patients have been adopted by the ordinary citizens of the country. Children aged 10-12 are also making strides in the fight against tuberculosis by becoming Nikshay Mitra. Many children have broken their piggy banks and adopted tuberculosis patients. This financial support from Nikshay Mitras for TB patients has exceeded Rs 1 billion.
75 lakh patients benefited from DBT
Describing nutrition as a major challenge for TB, the Prime Minister said that in view of this, in 2018 we announced Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for TB patients. Since then, Rs 2000 crore has been sent directly to the accounts of TB patients. Around 75 lakh patients have benefited from it. For the selection of patients, for their treatment, we have linked them with the Ayushman Bharat scheme. The number of laboratories throughout the country for free tuberculosis tests has increased. Today the TB free Panchayat has started. In this, the elected public representatives of each village will together make a resolution for all the patients in the village to stay healthy. We have also started a 3-month course for TB prevention instead of the 6-month course. We have created the Nikshay portal to track the care needed for each patient.
India reaffirms its commitment to ensure a TB free society. Heading to ‘One World TB Summit’ in Varanasi. https://t.co/7TAs2PnxPO
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Gandhiji’s dream came true in 2007
On this occasion he also shared a story related to Mahatma Gandhi. He said that Mahatma Gandhi was once called to inaugurate the Leprosy Hospital in Ahmedabad, but he refused. He said: I will be happy when you call me to close that leper hospital. In 2007, when I was the Chief Minister, that hospital was closed and Gandhiji’s dream was fulfilled. The prime minister also appealed to the people. He said that there is a lack of awareness among tuberculosis patients. Many people hide this disease from the public. We have to focus on making more and more people aware.