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The main aim of the summit is to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action toward the "End TB by 2025" goal.

He further said that TB was the most prevalent among communicable diseases in the country and the poor were the worst affected by it.

Modi said "We have not been successful in curbing Tuberculosis yet".

Prime Minister Modi stressed on the co-operative federalism mantra to tackle the menace of TB. It is mostly the poor who are the victims of this disease. He said the Government is working comprehensively towards this goal. Steps have also been taken to see whether the TB under treatment is drug-resistant. He said he had personally written to all Chief Ministers to join this campaign.

Whether it is "Start-up India" or "Mudra Yojana", he said, the Modi government has sought to explore innovative methods of generating livelihood and employability.

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"However, in the last 3 to 3.5 per years it has increased by 6 per cent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage", he said while citing the progress on Mission Indradhanush as an example of how "new approaches" could turn things around. Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target. "If there is no target, there will neither be speed nor direction and neither will we ever reach the destination", the PM told the gathering. "TB mainly affects the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor", said Modi.

The Prime Minister said frontline TB physicians and workers are a crucial part of the drive to eliminate TB.

Earlier Health Minister JP nadda spoke about primary, promotive and palliative healthcares.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Ministers of Nigeria and Indonesia - Dr Nila Moeloek and Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole also spoke on the occasion.The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.



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