India Tuberculosis-Free: India on Track to Become Tuberculosis-Free by 2025, Says Union Minister Khuba | Mysuru News

Mysuru: Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers, new and renewable energy Bhagwanth Khuba on Thursday said the government has initiated measures to make India tuberculosis-free by 2025. He was speaking after inaugurating an international tuberculosis conclave organised by JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at JSS Medical College.
He said that the Union government has launched various programmes in the fight against TBwhich has affected a large number of people in the country.“The government has launched a programme urging people to adoptTB patients and take care of them. The programme received overwhelming response as over 10 lakh TB patients have been adopted by common people in the country. They will take care of the health of TB patients with the support of the government for over six months to cure them completely,” the minister said.
“As malnutrition has been identified as one of the major causes for the disease, the Union government has also taken steps to enhance nutrition. The government has also brought industries, academic and research organisations together in the fight against TB to eliminate it completely from the country,” he explained.
“The world health organisation has set the target to bring down TB cases to zero by 2030, but India will be free from TB by 2025 with the concerted efforts of people and the Indian pharma industry,” he said.
He said the launch of dedicated centres selling generic medicines by the Union government has helped the poor buy medicines and surgical instruments at cheap prices. “The country has also emerged as a global generic medicine supplier for over 200 countries,” he said.
Bhopal-based Gandhi Medical College dean Dr Salil Bhargava said that the Indian government has also launched various missions to end the disease completely by 2025. “This include ‘TB Mukt Panchayat’, where the representatives will take a resolution that not a single TB patient will be there in the village. Modern technology like Artificial Intelligence is also being used to cure this disease as over 75 lakh were affected across the country,” he said.
Suttur mutt seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami said that the disease is still a challenge to the whole world despite rapid advancement and progress achieved in science and technology. He stressed on united efforts to end TB.
JSSAHER pro-chancellor B Suresh, vice-chancellor Surider Singh, registrar B Manjunath and JSS Mahavidyapeetha executive secretary CG Betsurmath were present.
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