24 Mar 2023

World Tuberculosis Day: PM Modi Addresses One World TB Summit in Varanasi, UP; Says Kashi Will Usher New Energy In Fight Against TB

New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the One World TB Summit at Rudrakash Convention Centre in Varanasi, UP today. 

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, Prime Minister will address the One World TB Summit. This summit is being organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Stop TB Partnership. Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership is an organisation hosted by the United Nations that amplifies the voices of the people, communities, and countries affected by TB.

PM  launched various initiatives

He also launched various initiatives including the TB-Mukt Panchayat, the official pan-India rollout of a shorter TB Preventive Treatment (TPT), the Family-centric care model for TB and the release of India’s Annual TB Report 2023. 

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. 

The Prime Minister also awarded select States/UTs and districts for their progress towards ending TB. The recipients of the awards were Karnataka and Jammu & Kashmir on the State/UT level and The Nilgiris, Pulwama and Anantnag at the district level. 

India has a very high burden of TB but with the best plan: Dr Lucica Ditiu

 Executive Director of Stop TB, Dr Lucica Ditiu remarked that the summit is taking place in one of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi to discuss a thousand-year-old disease in the world i.e. Tuberculosis or TB. She said that India has a very high burden of TB but with the best plan, ambition and great implementation of activities. 

One World One Health

She also underlined the global welfare embrace of India’s G-20 Presidency and explained the importance of the theme - One World One Health. She said that India is on the road to ending TB by 2025 under the leadership of the Prime Minister. 

People not getting treatment is below 3 million for first: Dr Ditiu 

She said due to the efforts of countries like India, the number of people who are not getting diagnosis and treatment for TB has gone below 3 million for the first time in history. She praised India’s scale in tackling TB and the TB Free India initiative and expressed the belief that India will end TB by 2025. 

She also informed about the UN high-level meeting on TB taking place on 22nd September during the UN General Assembly in New York and also requested the Prime Minister’s presence in the meeting. She also urged the Prime Minister to lead and inspire other world leaders in this fight against TB. 

City of Kashi is like an eternal stream

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister expressed delight that the One World TB Summit is taking place in Varanasi and noted that he is also a Member of Parliament from this city. He underlined that the city of Kashi is like an eternal stream that has witnessed the hard work and efforts of humanity for thousands of years. 

No matter the obstacle, Kashi has always proved that new ways are created with ‘Sabka Prayas’ (everyone’s effort)”, he remarked. He expressed confidence that Kashi will usher new energy towards global resolutions in the fight against a disease like TB.  

Modi received a warm welcome

Modi said India’s efforts are a new model for the global war on TB. People’s participation in the fight against TB is India’s big contribution, he said adding India is now working on the target of ending TB by the year 2025. I would like that more and more countries get the benefit of all campaigns, innovations and modern technology of India, Modi said further.

Earlier, PM Modi received a warm welcome from the people of Varanasi upon his arrival in the city.

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