NITI Aayog unveils Health Index for states
AMN / NEW DELHI
In the list of Healthy State progressive report released by NITI Aayog today, Kerala continues to top the health index among large states in terms of overall health performance while Uttar Pradesh stays at the bottom, though it has shown improvement.
Kerala was followed by Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha were among those that performed poorly on the index.
Releasing the report in New Delhi this afternoon, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are the top three states in the terms of annual incremental performance. He said, the health index has been evolved through comprehensive study and inputs from World Bank India and Ministry of Health.
Mr Kant said, State and Union territory have been ranked in three categories namely larger states, smaller states and Union territories. He said, among smaller states Mizoram ranked first followed by Manipur and Goa in terms of annual incremental performance.
The NITI Aayog CEO said, among Union territories Lakshadweep showed best overall performance as well as highest annual incremental performance. He said, the study of incremental performance of states will ensure the government for better health outcomes.
World Bank country director Junaid Ahmad said that India is the only large country which has carried out this kind of exercise and the index developed by NITI Aayog and World Bank has global implications.
According to a NITI Aayog statement, the ranking was done under three categories—larger states, smaller states and Union territories to ensure comparison among similar entities. The three indicators which were factored in while ranking the states were health outcomes (70%), governance and information (12%) and key inputs and processes (18%), with each domain assigned a weight based on its importance.
The statement said that there was a large gap in overall performance between the best and the least performing states and UTs.