Want country to be TB-free by 2025: Mansukh Mandaviya
New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the government wants the country to be tuberculosis-free by 2025.
The minister said the incumbent government the definition of health has been comprehensive, unlike the previous government.
Mansukh Mandaviya said, " We want to make this country TB-free by 2025. We had never linked health with development. Under PM Modi's leadership, definition of health has been comprehensive. In coming days, India will achieve its target of making health sector more robust".
Speaker Om Birla said poverty and malnutrition are two main reasons for TB. He urged elected representatives to ensure steps for the eradication of the disease.
While endorsing Om Birla's statement, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, " If all the local, central and state government, MPs, and officials join together and make it a people's movement, it won't be challenging to eliminate TB by 2025".
India accounts for about a quarter of the global TB burden. In 2019 the estimated TB incidence was 2,640,000. In 2019 an estimated 9,500 HIV positive people died due to TB disease, and an estimated 436,000 HIV negative people died.