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India TB Report 2020
Efforts to end TB in India through the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (2017-2025) has completed the first three years of implementation. During this period, the programme has seen tremendous success and is better poised today, to meet the ambitious goal pronounced by our Honourable Prime Minister at the Delhi End TB Summit
in March 2018 of ending the TB epidemic by 2025 from the country, five years ahead of SDG goals for 2030, responding to which, some States/ UTs have committed to ending TB even before 2025 – Kerala (2020), Himachal
Pradesh (2021), Sikkim, Lakshadweep (2022) Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Bihar, Jharkhand, Puducherry and Dadra Nagar Haveli & Daman Diu (2025). The programme has now been renamed as National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme, to invigorate the fight in alignment with this ambition.
The programme has comprehensively moved closer to near-complete online notification of all TB cases in the country through the NIKSHAY portal. 24.04 lakh patients have been notified through the system, an increase of 11% over last year, with 6.7 lakh patients being notified from the private sector. First-line standard treatment was initiated for 22.7 lakh (94.4%) of the notified drug-sensitive TB cases. NIKSHAY also expanded the provision of four Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) schemes of the programme – i. Akshay Poshan Yojana (NPY) to patients ii. The incentive to Treatment Supporters iii. Notification Incentive to Private Providers and iv. Transport incentive to Tribal TB patients. DBT transfers under NPY, one of the fastest ever implemented schemes of GoI saw over ₹462 crores being disbursed this year as nutritional support to patients, a jump of nearly 130% from last year.
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