Haryana has over 60,000 TB patients and the state government has set a deadline of 2025 to eradicate the disease from the state, Health Minister Anil Vij said on Wednesday.
Vij made this remark while setting up the National Disease Control Centre in Ambala city on the occasion of World TB Day,
Speaking on the occasion, he said that this centre would be built in place of the TB Hospital in Ambala city, in which the central government will play a major role.
“Not only all the diseases can be investigated under one roof at this centre, their data too can be analyzed too”, he said.
The samples of TB-hit people were sent to Delhi or other places for investigation earlier.
He further said, the NDCC will be built on a plot of land measuring over two acres, adding that it would be manned by experts in various disciplines.
This centre will be equipped with all modern facilities, he noted.
Lakshadweep, District Of Budgam Becomes First In The Country To Be Declared TB-Free: Says Government
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare inaugurated “World Tuberculosis Day” celebrations along with Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, yesterday.
Dr. Vinod Paul, Member Health, NITI Ayog, Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Prof. Balram Bhargava, Secretary DHR & DG ICMR, Dr. Roderico H. Offrin, WHO representative to India and other senior dignitaries were also present at the occasion.
Addressing the event, the Union Health Minister said, “India has 30% of the world’s TB cases. Under the leadership of our Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji, we have accorded the highest priority to end tuberculosis by 2025. We have also ensured that the commitments are supported with commensurate resources. Budget allocation for TB in India has witnessed a fourfold increase in the last 5 years. High-quality drugs, digital technology, engaging the private sector and communities, integrating TB services across all levels within the health system, are all aligned to rapidly decline TB incidence and mortality in the country.”
Awards were also given to best performing States/UTs based on their State TBI Index. Lakshadweep (UT) and the district of Budgam (J&K) were declared TB free.