Assam scores in Niti Aayog’s health index

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Assam has scored in the NITI Aayog’s Annual Health Index report registering fifth highest growth in the health sector and moving one notch up in the overall ranking from 15th to 16th.

The report was released yesterday, which says  that Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand showed the maximum improvement of health outcomes. However in the overall ranking, 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.

The report focuses on measuring and highlighting the overall performance and incremental improvement. It shows which states are leading India’s health development and which states have failed to hit their targets.

Health index is an annual systematic tool to focus the attention of the states on achieving better health outcomes.

Assam has gained significant improvement in healthcare with 4.8 incremental change. Assam’s incremental change rank has improved to 5 from the reference year rank 21. Congratulating this, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma twitted, “Heartening to find Assam registering significant gains in healthcare delivery as per latest @NITIAayog Health Index of States. Assam became one of the most improved states in health with 4.8 points increase. Since 2018, our overall rank improved from 16 to 15 amongst large states.”

Performance of the other seven states of North east-

STATE INCREMENTAL CHANGE REFERENCE YEAR RANK INCREMENTAL CHANGE RANK
TRIPURA 2.87 22 8
MANIPUR 2.82 10 9
MIZORAM 1.27 1 14
MEGHALAYA -0.88 14 18
SIKKIM -2.7 19 24
NAGALAND 1.13 26 16
ARUNACHAL PRADESH -3.44 23 26
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