Speaking at the National Tuberculosis Conference in Vigyan Bhavan on Thursday, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said people need to become key partners in the fight against tuberculosis to achieve “TB Mukt”.
Bharat ”by 2025.
The conference, organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, was also attended by Union Minister of Health Mansukh Mandaviya and CMB Minister Smriti Irani.
“More than any other disease, community engagement is vital to eradicate TB completely,” Naidu stressed.
Observing that the impact of tuberculosis is disproportionately felt on vulnerable sections of
society, he called for massive mobilization of resources and multisectoral interventions to eradicate tuberculosis. “In the face of the misery of abandonment and violence if it is discovered that they have tuberculosis, it is not surprising that there are a large number of unreported and therefore untreated tuberculosis cases among women, ”he said.
He stressed the need for concerted action from all levels of government to achieve the goal of complete eradication by 2025. Naidu called for improving the nutritional status of people, better screening for contacts, reduction of direct expenditure, establishment of safety nets for the most vulnerable sections and early detection of tuberculosis in hilly and remote areas. The vice president also urged elected officials – MPs, MPPs and Gram Pradhans – to conduct regular reviews at the district and sub-district level.
Union Minister for Women’s and Children’s Development Smriti Irani said that in India, women account for nearly 36 percent of total tuberculosis cases. “Tuberculosis in women often goes unreported because they do not show up for medical attention due to societal stigma and lack of awareness. In addition, undernutrition and gender inequality make women more vulnerable to TB, ”she said. Irani added that in 2020, up to 690,000 women had tuberculosis.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, meanwhile, said there were more than 25 lakh of TB patients in the country. “We have all witnessed the Covid crisis over the past two years. But while nearly five lakh people have died from Covid, every year 4 lakh people in the country die from tuberculosis. And 65 percent of those who die of TB fall into the 25-55 age group. It is not a small number and it has had an impact on families with the death of their main livelihoods who belong to this age group, ”he said Thursday.