First Ever India TB Summit is going to held next month which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which NSP for TB Elimination 2017-25 can be launched.
- The government of India is all set to organise a mega India TB summit from March 13-16.
- All chief ministers will be invited and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first of its kind event and will be joined by several global figures from WHO.
- It aims at generating sufficient momentum for his vision of a TB free India by 2025, five years ahead of the global TB elimination target of 2030.
- During the summit, PM Modi is also expected to formally launch the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination 2017-25 (NSP) which was unveiled last year.
Why it is important to control over TB ?
- There are about 29 lakh new TB cases every year and about 4.20 lakh people, mostly poor, are estimated to die annually on account of TB, leaving lakhs of children orphaned.
- Economic loss on account of TB in India is estimated to be about Rs 20,000 crore per annum.
- 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.
Key features of NSP for TB Elimination :-
- To effectively address patients seeking care in private sector.
- Including provision for free medicines, augmentation of availability of rapid molecular tests.
- A Nutritional support to TB patients in DBT mode – Rs 500 per month has already been cleared by the expenditure finance committee – and an India TB Control Foundation.
- For the incentives that will be given to all TB patients for the duration of the treatment irrespective of income levels, the total annual expenditure sanctioned by the committee of the department of expenditure is Rs 900 crore for 26 lakh patients.