Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu ranked on top in terms of overall performance in health report released by NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) on Friday. Also, eastern states Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have done very well in health sector.
Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog CEO, said, " Best thing was that the eastern states Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have done very well. They have come 4th and 5th & have moved up the ladder very fast. They have taken some radical reforms." Healthy States, Progressive India Report launch
He said, "Our job was first to challenge states, secondly to do workshops with states & thirdly to put it in ranking.While Historical ranking is important,it is very important for us to capture change per year."
Among the larger States, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh are the top three ranking States in terms of annual incremental performance, while Kerala, Punjab, and Tamil
Nadu ranked on top in terms of overall performance.
In terms of annual incremental performance in Index scores from the base to the reference year, the top three ranked States in the group of Larger States are Jharkhand (up 6.87 points), Jammu & Kashmir (up 6.83 points) and Uttar Pradesh (up 5.55 points). However, in terms of overall levels of performance, these States are in the bottom two-third of the range of Index scores, with Kerala (76.55), Punjab (65.21) and Tamil Nadu (63.38) showing the highest scores.
Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh showed the maximum gains in improvement of health outcomes from base to reference year in indicators such as Neonatal Mortality Rate
(NMR) ,Under-Five Mortality Rate (U5MR), full immunization coverage, institutional deliveries, and people living with HIV (PLHIV) on antiretroviral therapy (ART).