- TB continues to be one of India’s severest health challenges. India has a large number of ‘missing’ cases every year that are not detected or reported.
- In 2018, the Government of India started a holistic initiative to End TB in India by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of 2030.
- The government provisions a good amount of budget annually for the TB programme. However, considering its enormity, the efforts of the Government need to be supplemented by augmenting the existing resources, service delivery mechanism and infrastructure for identification of numerous missing TB patients every year.
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- Tamil Nadu Government has committed itself to achieve as a TB free state in 2025.