The Government of India has committed to achieve the SDG goal of eliminating Tuberculosis in the country by 2025, five years ahead of the Global Target. In light of this ambitious target and to accelerate momentum towards the ultimate goal, an appropriate and representative change in the name of the programme was imperative, and it was decided to rename the programme as “National Tuberculosis Elimination Program (NTEP)” from Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP).
The Central TB Division (CTD) is the technical arm of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The Deputy Director General-TB (DDG-TB), is the head of the CTD, leading technical implementation of National TB Elimination Programme nation-wide. During the release of the India TB Report on 24th June,2020, Dr. Harshvardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, addressed the importance of the role of private sector in elimination of TB and said that about 6,64,584 TB patients were notified by the private sector in 2019 which amounts to a 22 percent increase in TB notification as compared to the year 2018. "We need to come together to fight against TB and the stigma surrounding it,"