"How we treat drug resistant TB is going to be the major challenge for India," Lov Verma, secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, said.

Echoing this, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative Nata Menabde said: "Drug resistant TB is the major area on which the government has to concentrate in the future.

The facilities available for such kind of TB are not adequate.

Drug resistant TB is defined as one that is resistant to least isoniazid (INH) and rifampicin(RMP) - the two most powerful first-line  treatment anti-TB drugs.

As per the Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 of WHO, India has the highest number of multi-drug-resistant TB patients. The two officials were speaking in the capital at the launch of ASSOCHAM's report "Tuberculosis awareness prevention and wellness program: Getting to zero death".

With India having about 2.2 million cases of TB, experts, however, highlighted that it would take more than a decade to achieve zero-death target for TB.

"With India having 26 percent of global TB cases, new approaches need to be undertaken to make this an achievable goal. There has to be improvement in social determinants like housing and social environment to prevent new cases from emerging," added Menabde.

John Beed, mission director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), also added that it is going to take concerted ten years to achieve zero TB deaths.

"But setting that goal becomes important. The scale and diversity of  India is unmatched anywhere so the country has to look at trying to  scale the programme and look at the project being run by public sector  and also ensure a joint collaboration with private sector," said Beed.

The official from Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) assured that they will involve private stakeholders for awareness and preventive healthcare for TB.

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