India would have been disease-free if Swachh drive was launched 70 yrs ago: PM

JUNAGADH (GUJARAT): The country would have been disease-free by now if programmes like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan were started 70 years back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said.

Attacking the opposition, Modi said he was mocked for these programmes, which are aimed at making a healthy nation.

Citing a report of the World Health Organisation, he said lives of three lakh children in India can be saved just by ensuring cleanliness.

“There has been a recent WHO report, (which states) that just because of (by ensuring) cleanliness, three lakh children can be saved from dying in India, such is the situation. The Swachhta Abhiyan is directly connected to health,” Modi said, addressing a public gathering in Junagadh district of Gujarat.

He was speaking after inaugurating various projects, including a newly-built hospital of the Gujarat Medical and Education Research Society. (AGENCIES)