New Delhi, Mar 12: Prime Minister will inaugurate four-day The Delhi End TB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital on Tuesday. The summit is aimed at generating awareness of a TB free India by 2025, five years ahead of the global TB elimination target of 2030. The event will be hosted by the Union Ministry of Health along with the WHO and the Stop TB Partnership.
All state chief ministers and leaders from across the globe will be participating in the summit. WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Stop TB Partnership Executive Director Dr Lucica Ditiu and Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands would also be present at the meeting.
Health ministers of a number of countries, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil, were also expected to participate, the WHO said.
Notably, Sri Lanka is aiming to end TB by 2025 while Bhutan was focusing efforts at the sub-national level.
India has the highest number of TB cases globally, according to the World Health Organisation’s 2017 report, and is also among the top five countries that report the highest multi drug resistant cases. Over the past year, there were more than one million TB cases reported across India, according to health ministry data. Campaigners argue that the numbers are even higher, as there are gaps in the detection and treatment of TB.
TB kills an estimated 480,000 Indians every year and more than 1,400 every day. India also has more than a million ‘missing’ cases every year that are not notified and most remain either undiagnosed or unaccountably and inadequately diagnosed and treated in the private sector. This despite the fact that India as a nation has been engaged in TB control for over 50 years now.
(With agency inputs)