"India is determined to address the challenge of TB in mission mode".
"The world has set 2030 as the deadline to eliminate TB".
He expressed confidence that the Delhi End TB Summit would be a landmark event towards the complete elimination of TB.
He also called for multi-sectoral engagement and participation of all stake-holders at every level to create "TB-free village, panchayat, district and state", noting that frontline TB physicians and workers could make a major contribution in this direction. It is mostly the poor who are the victims of this disease.
PM Modi also underlined the work being done by the government to correctly identify TB victims, ensure that active cases are known on time, and whether the medicines that are being prescribed are effective. On the launch of major health mission by the Central government, PMO India tweeted, " A TB patient after successfully fighting against the disease can inspire many others. Steps have also been taken to see whether the TB under treatment is drug-resistant. "Thus strengthening the spirit of cooperative federalism, I have personally written to the State governments to join in this mission", he said. In the last three years, the rate of immunisation against the disease has grown to 6% annually from 1% in 2014, he claimed. "The pace of the immunisation coverage earlier was inching ahead by just a percent". Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target.
The summit is being co-hosted by the Health Ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office and Stop TB Partnership. "India and France are working together to utilize solar power to meet the requirement of clean energy across the globe", said Modi while addressing a gathering of over 11,000 women at DLW grounds after hosting the French President Emmanuel Macron in his parliamentary constituency on Monday evening.