Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took visit of Rudraksh Convention Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He was accompanied by UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandi ben Patel. Later, PM Modi addressed the ‘One World TB Summit’. Prior to the address PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the National Centre for Disease Control & High Containment Laboratory and inaugurated the site for the Metropolitan Public Health Surveillance Unit in Varanasi.
Addressing the gathering, PM Modi underlined that the city of Kashi is like an eternal stream that has witnessed the hard work and efforts of humanity for thousands of years. “No matter the obstacle, Kashi has always proved that new ways are created with ‘Sabka Prayas’ (everyone’s effort)”, he remarked. He expressed confidence that Kashi will usher new energy towards global resolutions in the fight against a disease like TB.
PM Modi added that as a country, the reflection of India’s ideology can be seen in the spirit of Vasudev Kutumbakam i.e the whole world is one family. This ancient ideology is giving an integrated vision and integrated solutions to the advanced world of today. He noted that as the G20 President, India chose the theme of ‘One Family, One World, One Future’ based on such beliefs. The Prime Minister noted that India is forwarding the vision of ‘One Earth, One Health’ in the world and underlined that it is realizing the resolutions of global good with the One World TB Summit.
PM Modi said that the commitment and determination with which India dedicated itself to tackling TB after 2014 is unprecedented. He added that India’s efforts are important as this is a new model for the global war on TB. PM Modi elaborated on a multi-pronged approach against TB in the last 9 years.
Addressing the function PM Modi said, India is working on the target of eradicating TB by year 2025 as against the global target of 2030. He added that the number of TB patients is declining. Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir have been given TB Free awards. I congratulate the people for their success.