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Murmu: TB is the deadliest of infectious diseases, its eradication is everyone’s duty

President to accelerate the country’s fight against Tuberculosis (TB) and achieve the target set by the Prime Minister to eliminate the disease by 2025 Draupadi Murmu Launched ‘Pradhan Mantri TB Free India Campaign’ on Friday. Under the program, patients will be provided with food baskets, support for additional diagnostics, and vocational training to family members by the community.

In the virtual program, the President said that this “people’s movement” is the duty of all the countrymen. “TB kills more people in India than any other infection. It has also been observed that this disease mainly affects the poor. This is the reason PM Narendra Modi The goal is to end TB quickly… Government initiatives and people’s participation can make it a success. When people join a campaign, the chances of success increase,” said Murmu, lauding the work of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and his team as well as state ministers and local officials.

He said that India set an example for the world during this period. COVID-19 With the tireless efforts of health workers, community leaders and citizens and with the untiring efforts of citizens, he stressed the need to adopt a common holistic societal approach to eliminate TB.

The “Nikshay” portal, which can be used by individuals, NGOs and corporates for adoption of TB patients, was also launched on Friday. The portal will also have a real-time tracker of adoption numbers.

Mandaviya, who has also promised to be a Ni-Kshya Mitra and support TB patients from his hometown, said, “In the last two years, there have been many hurdles due to COVID-19 which cannot be ignored. But, by increasing the pace of our work, we can eliminate TB by 2025.”

He said, “I will be Ni-Khay Mitra, you too become one. Adopt patients, help them with food and business, give them love and strength so that they can recover and lead a normal life.”

He attributed the success of the TB program to key indicators such as TB case notification and consistent efforts, which led to monthly notification reporting reaching pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021.

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Highlighting the importance of patient-centred healthcare system, Mandaviya appreciated the contribution of supporting schemes like Ni-Kshya Poshan Yojana, which provides assistance of Rs.500 to patients through direct benefit transfer. According to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, over 65 lakh people have received a total support of Rs 1,700 crore under the program since its launch in 2018.

The Health Secretary said that more than 1.22 lakh health and wellness centers have been operationalized across the country and they are providing services for the treatment of TB. The government has also focused on the use of technology and has started creating digital health IDs for TB patients under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission to ensure that proper diagnosis and treatment is available to them.

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