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Modi also said students and children could play a key role in generating greater awareness in this regard.

Taking a dig at the UPA government, the PM pointed out that though immunisation campaigns have been on in the country for the last 35 years, the target of complete immunisation had not been achieved till 2014.

He said, it will take researchers a long time to understand how, under the influence of Prime Minister Modi's aspirational drive, the people of the country, primarily the youth have successfully risen above the age-old constraints of caste, creed or religion and have instead come together with a common objective of building a "New India".

While addressing the Delhi End-TB Summit in New Delhi, he said his government was moving ahead with the principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity" and was roping in the private sector as well.

Creating a Swastha Bharat is part of Prime Minister's vision of New India and the launch of the new strategic plan is another step in this direction. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had set the goal in its National Strategic Plan for 2017-2025.

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He also congratulated all frontline TB physicians and workers as well as those affected by the disease for their determination to defeat TB through proper medication.

"The pace of the immunisation coverage earlier was inching ahead by just 1 percent".

"The rate of immunisation rose to 6 per cent in the last 3-and-half years and we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage by next year", the PM said. Had we continued at with the same pace, it would have taken us another 40 years to achieve the target. While the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB will be held in September, this year and future course of action will be decided in the UN General Assembly.

"In India, TB has the maximum impact among communicable diseases". Health Minister JP Nadda spelt out the efforts being made by the government of India including cash incentives and nutrition support announced in this year's budget.

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