PM Modi Inaugurates the One World TB Summit

Mar 24: “India’s efforts are a new model for the global war on TB”. This was stated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi as he urged citizens to work collectively towards TB elimination in a spirit of Jan Bhaagidari on a war footing and inaugurated the One World TB Summit 2023, here today: Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Shri Brajesh Pathak, Deputy Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Mr Emanuel Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, Nigeria, Mr Ethel Leonor Noia Maciel, Vice Minister of Health, Brazil, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Regional Office and Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB were also present at the summit.

State governors, State health secretaries and NHM MDs from states joined online. The event, also attended by representatives from corporates, industries, civil society, NGOs, and TB Champions, reiterated India’s commitment to eliminate the high-burden infectious disease by 2025, five years ahead of the global goal of 2030. The Hon’ble Prime Minister first articulated this vision at the Delhi End TB Summit in March 2018.

The Prime Minister unveiled the “Annual India TB Report 2023” which is a compilation of the country’s efforts towards making India TB-free by 2025. He launched a Training module on Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis. The module is developed for training healthcare workers of secondary and tertiary levels of the public and private sectors in India. The Prime Minister also launched the TB-Mukt Panchayat initiative to leverage the support of over 2.5 lakhs Gram Panchayats to raise awareness about TB, eliminate the stigma attached to the disease and help monitor and improve the uptake of services. A New Treatment Preventive Therapy was also launched to prevent the development of active TB – thereby stemming the spread of the disease. Alongside this, a family-centric care model was also announced to ensure the well-being of families affected by TB.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the National Centre for Disease Control & High Containment Laboratory and inaugurated the site for the Metropolitan Public Health Surveillance Unit in Varanasi.

States and districts were also awarded by the Prime Minister for making significant progress on critical programmatic indicators. Karnataka and the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir were awarded in the category of states/UTs and the Nilgiris (Tamil Nadu), Pulwama (J&K) and Anantnag (J&K) were given the district-level awards.

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