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Will make India tuberculosis-free by 2025: PM Modi at UNGA

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Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday, PM Modi told the world that India will be free on the deadly disease by 2025.

According to the WHO, tuberculosis kills around 220,000 people in India every year (File | PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday set a deadline for India’s fight against tuberculosis. Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday, PM Modi told the world that India will be free of the deadly disease by 2025.

Annually, TB kills over 1.5 million people across the globe. In 2017, more than 95 per cent of deaths occurred in developing countries, and more than 50 per cent in India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines. According to the WHO, tuberculosis kills around 220,000 people in India every year.

In his landmark speech at UN headquarters, the prime minister also highlighted his government’s efforts to increase sanitation and hygiene in India through dedicated campaigns.

PM Modi told the UNGA session that India has become an example to other developing nations and will not shy away from helping others.

The prime minister’s speech focussed at establishing India position as a stable and strong nation at the global level. He is also touched on terrorism issue without naming Pakistan.

PM Modi’s Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan addressed the UNGA later in the night. However, PM Modi did not attend the session.

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