Niti Aayog releases health index 2019: Healthy states progre
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While Kerala remains the healthiest State in India, Uttar Pradesh remains the most unhealthy, said NITI Aayog as it released the second edition of its State Health Index.

Some States such as Rajasthan have improved their health status, but what is worrisome is that States such as Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have not improved at all, it said.

The index analyses overall performance and incremental improvement in the States and the Union Territories for the period with 2015-16 as the base year and 2017-18 as the reference year.

“In Bihar, the deterioration between, Base Year of 2015-16 and Reference Year of 2017-18 was primarily due to the performance related to total fertility rate, low birth weight, Sex Ratio at Birth, Tuberculosis treatment success rate, quality accreditation of public health facilities, and time-taken for National Health Mission fund transfer,” said the report.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant also lauded among the larger States, Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand that were the top three in terms of incremental performance.

The report has also compared health outcomes of Kerala to that of Argentina or Brazil, with neo-natal mortality rate (NMR) which is the probability of a baby dying in first 28 days of birth, being as low as six per 1,000 live births. NMR in Odisha which stands at as high as 32 per 1,000 live births is close to that of Sierra Leone, states the report.

“It is imperative that the States spare at least eight percent of their budget for health,” said VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog.

You may access the document released by Niti Aayog below.

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