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Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan

President Droupadi Murmu has recently launched ‘Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’ to eliminate Tuberculosis by 2025.

About Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It commonly affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. It is a curable disease. TB is spread from person to person through the air(coughing, sneezing or spitting).

Symptoms of an Infected Person:  Cough with sputum and blood at times, chest pains, weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats.

Vaccine for Tuberculosis: Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a vaccine for TB disease. The vaccine is named after its inventors Albert Calmette and Camille Guerin. It is administered in healthy babies soon after the birth.

Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan

It is an initiative of Ministery of Health and Family Welfare to direct the country towards TB elimination by 2025.
Objectives:

  • To provide additional support to patients to improve treatment outcomes.
  • Augment community involvement in meeting India’s commitment to end TB by 2025.
  • Leverage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
    Components:

Ni-kshay Mitra initiative was also launched alongside which urged citizens to work collectively towards TB elimination.

Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan Complete Details in Hindi

Ni-kshay Mitra Initiative

It aims to ensure additional diagnostic, nutritional, and vocational support to those on TB treatment.
Ni-kshay Mitra (Donor) are those who can support by adopting health facilities (for individual donor), blocks/urban wards/districts/states for accelerating response against TB to complement government efforts.
It aims to eradicate the existing societal stigma and discrimination against TB patients and provide them with much-needed nutritional and social support, and help them lead a normal life. It also aims to encourage elected representatives, corporates, NGOs, and individuals to come forward as donors/sponsors to help the patients complete their journey toward recovery.

Ni-kshay Digital Portal: It will provide a platform for community support for persons with TB.

Ni-Kshay Poshan Scheme

Ni-Kshay Poshan scheme has been initiated under the aegis of the National TB Elimination Programme. It was launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It aims to support every TB Patient by providing a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of Rs 500 per month for nutritional needs.

It covers over 65-lakh persons who have received a total support worth Rs 1,700 crore under the programme since it was launched. As per India TB Report 2022, only 62.1 % of 2.1 million notified cases across the country received at least one payment in 2021.

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Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan – FAQs

Q. Who has launched Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan?

Ans. Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan has been launched by the President of India.

Q. How much amount is provided through Direct Benefit Transfer under Ni-Kshay Poshan scheme?

Ans. Ni-Kshay Poshan scheme provides Rs 500 per month for nutritional needs through Direct Benefit Transfer.

Q. Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan aims to eliminate TB by which year?

Ans. It aims to eliminate TB by 2025.

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