Kerala has made to the top in terms of overall performance in the health sector, while Uttar Pradesh fares the worst, says the second health index, referred to as Health Index – 2018, launched by NITI Aayog on Tuesday.
NITI Aayog, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and with technical assistance from the World Bank, published a report titled Healthy States: Progressive India which is a compilation of the state of health systems prevalent in the states/UTs of India. The study is based on 23 health indicators with major weightage to outcomes.
Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have emerged as the second and third best performers respectively on health parameters while Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand were the top three states in terms of incremental performances in the second round.
Kerala’s Health Index score (74.01) is more than two and half times of the overall score of the Uttar Pradesh (28.61), the report added.
Among the eight smaller states, four have shown positive incremental progress: Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, while the remaining four states: Meghalaya, Goa, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh registered negative incremental change.
The first round of the health index, referred to as Health Index – 2017, was released in February 2018 for period 2014-15 (base year) to 2015-16 (reference year).
The second round studied the overall performance and incremental improvement in the states and UTs for the period 2015-16 (base year) to 2017-18 (reference year). Incremental performance measures the change in the Health Index score from Base to Reference Year which helps to identify the year-on-year pace of improvement made by states.
In 2017, while campaigning for BJP in Kerala, Yogi Adityanath had asked Kerala to learn from Uttar Pradesh’s record on how to run hospitals.
In 2016, over 125 children were reported to have died, due to encephalitis, in one hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur alone.
With Inputs from PTI.