TB, a de­vel­op­ment agenda

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

HEALTH MIN­IS­TER Harsh Vard­han an­nounced in the Global TB Sym­po­sium that the Cen­tre will pro­vide free di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment to all tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) pa­tients. The fa­cil­ity will be given to those be­ing treated in gov­ern­ment as well as pri­vate hos­pi­tals. He called TB a by-prod­uct of poverty and said that In­dia's strat­egy to treat TB is part of its main­stream de­vel­op­ment agenda. He an­nounced that un­der the evolv­ing "TB-Mis­sion 2020", he has in­structed the of­fi­cials con­cerned to work hard to achieve con­sid­er­able suc­cess over the next five years. In his view, a dis­tant tar­get date would not de­mand of his team the kind of ac­count­abil­ity that would be nat­u­rally en­sured if the dead­line is pushed for­ward.


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