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Indian health ministry observes World Tuberculosis Day with commemorative function in New Delhi
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare commemorated the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day with a function to mark the occasion, and reiterated the commitment to eliminating TB in the country by 2025, stated a press release.

At the function, Preeti Sudan, Health Secretary stressed on the importance of more sensitive and responsive doctors, paramedics, frontline health workers and community partners, while dealing with TB patients.

"The systems of care for TB patients should be patient ?centric, and sympathetic to their wellbeing, she emphasised. She stated that India has been able to free of Polio, Yaws, MNTE due to the sturdy health systems, especially at the primary healthcare levels. She stated that partnerships with all stakeholders hold the key to making India TB-free," added the release.

The attendees of the function took a pledge to unite together to contribute and support towards making India TB free.  Also, a special issue on TB of the Indian Journal of Tuberculosis and a toolkit on Patient Provider Support Agency were also unveiled at the function.

The presentations at the function shared the success stories of overcoming the stigma of being a TB patient and motivating other patients to undergo the treatment

At the global level, the observance is held on the24th March each year to build public awareness about the epidemic of TB and efforts to eliminate the disease.

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