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Prime Minister’s TB Free India Campaign: President Murmu adopts 9.5 lakh patients, this is the target


‘PM-TB Free India Campaign’ launched
President Draupadi Murmu adopted more than 9.5 lakh TB patients
Common people will also be able to take care of patients

New Delhi. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) More than 9.5 lakh tuberculosis patients have been adopted for care under the ‘Pradhan Mantri-TB-Free India Campaign’ launched by President Draupadi Murmu on September 9 with an aim to eliminate TB five years before 2030. Under this programme, tuberculosis patients will be cared for under the patronage of specific individuals, elected representatives or institutions. An official said that 15,415 registrations have been done on the Nikshay Portal 2.0 under ‘Nikshay Mitras’ (TB Patient Caregivers) which includes individuals, organisations, industries and elected representatives.

According to government data, 9.57 lakh patients out of total 13,53,443 TB patients, including multi-drug resistant, currently in the country have given their consent to be adopted for care and almost all of them (9,56,352) Has been adopted for care till Saturday. The government aims to ensure protection of all consenting TB patients till September 17, the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The people and organizations who come forward to take care of TB patients will be called “Nikshay Mitras”.

People can follow blocks, districts, or adopt a patient to care for them and provide them with nutritional and treatment support to help them recover. Four-pronged support includes nutrition, additional diagnostics, additional nutritional supplements, and professional support. Patient care donors can include stakeholders, elected representatives, from political parties to corporates, NGOs, institutions. Under the programme, a monthly meal consisting of three kilograms of rice, 1.5 kilograms of pulses, 250 grams of vegetable oil and one kilogram of milk powder or six liters of milk or one kilogram of groundnut has been recommended for each tuberculosis patient.

According to an official source, up to thirty eggs can also be added to it. The official said that at present 65 to 70 percent of TB patients are in the age group of 15 to 45 years. The minimum period of commitment to provide additional support to a TB patient will be one year. However, it can be extended up to two or three years. The official said that this is a voluntary initiative.

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