New Delhi: “Health is the ultimate wealth,” said Paralympian and Padma Shri Deepa Malik as she urged the citizens to participate in the TB-Mukt (Tuberculosis) Bharat campaign and help achieve the vision of TB-free India by 2025, three years prior to the global goal of eradicating TB by 2030. While addressing a gathering during her visit to the Ayushman Bhav Health Pavilion at the 42nd India International Trade Fair (IITF) on Wednesday (November 22), Ms Malik requested people to pledge allegiance to become Ni-kshay Mitra to at least one TB patient so as to expedite the process of establishing a TB-free nation. Ni-kshay Mitra portal has been created for individuals to register themselves and adopt TB patients to take care of them. Ms Malik said,
Every citizen should pledge to become Ni-kshay Mitra to at least one TB patient to accelerate our journey towards becoming a TB-free nation.
Deepa Malik is the national ambassador of the TB Mukt Bharat campaign and a Ni-kshay Mitra herself. She had adopted 10 TB patients earlier this year, all of whom are now doing well and cured of the disease, the Paralympian informed.
As a Nikshay Mitra, extremely proud to be a part of such an amazing and purposeful initiative at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. I pledge to support Hon. PM @narendramodi ji in his vision of TB mukt Bharat. Let’s all come together to safeguard the health of our nation! Let’s #EndTB pic.twitter.com/4vtfGrKZPm
— Deepa Malik PLY (@DeepaAthlete) November 23, 2023
She also recounted her story of becoming a TB survivor, emphasising that while the treatment is physical, the first step of recovery commences with mental well-being, focusing on maintaining a positive mindset and rising above the stigma surrounding this condition.
Reiterating that treatment is fully possible and accessible at various TB centres, Ms Malik urged patients to complete their treatment in its entirety and not be discouraged by the duration and effects of the disease.
Looking at India’s progress in TB eradication, the country has recorded a reduction in the TB incidence by 16 per cent in 2022 (from 2015), almost double the pace at which global TB incidence is declining (which is 8.7 per cent) while the mortality of TB has also reduced by 18 per cent during the same period in India and globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global TB (Tuberculosis) Report 2023.
The key initiatives launched and scaled up by the government like specialised active case finding drives, scaling up of molecular diagnostics to block levels, decentralization of screening services through Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centres and private sector engagement have resulted in significantly bridging the gap in missing cases, the report had stated.
(With inputs from PTI)
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