India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025
NATIONAL | Sept 24, 2020:
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals target.
Harsh Vardhan said this while addressing Ministers of the Member Nations of the WHO, the Heads and Representatives of UN Agencies through virtual interaction on September 23.
He spoke on India's role and contribution towards strengthening multisectoral action and progress towards ending TB, especially in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Minister added that Tuberculosis has been in existence since time immemorial and continues to remain a major global public health problem.
Despite the progress made over the last decade, TB remains the leading infectious killer disease worldwide. He said India has taken several critical steps towards ending TB.