The Prime Minister's vision to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG's has galvanised the efforts of the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme, which has treated over 2 Crore patients since its inception in 1997.
Targeting the previous governments, Modi said the immunisation programme has been going on for the last 30-35 years and despite this the country could not achieve the target of a complete coverage till 2014.
By any standard, the 5,000 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden.
He pointed out that in Moscow in November, President Vladimir Putin had committed to engaging globally to end TB, and now India had resolved to eradicate it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday set deadline of 2025 to free India from tuberculosis (TB), five years ahead of the global deadline set by World Health Organisation (WHO).
He hoped that the renewed focus of his government on universal immunisation, clean India campaign and providing LPG connections to poor households will have a positive impact on the country's fight against TB.
The summit was organised by Ministry of Health in support with World Health Organisation (WHO) in national capital New Delhi.
"Given the way TB affects people's lives, health of the society and impacts the country's economy and future, it is very essential to get rid of TB within the stipulated time", Modi said while inaugurating the Delhi End TB Summit which is being organised by the Ministry of health and family welfare jointly with WHO's South East Asia Region Office and worldwide coalition Stop TB Partnership.
TB is the leading infectious killer in India. Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target.
According to official figures, over 10 million people are affected by TB every year in India.
PM Modi after launching the Delhi End-TB Summit, launched the TB-free India Campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode. While the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB will be held in September, this year and future course of action will be decided in the UN General Assembly.
Modi said "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet".
He also urged the ministry of health to explore the potential of Ayurveda in treating TB and share the results with other countries.
As the main cause of death from antimicrobial resistance, TB also poses a threat to global health security.