Assam has emerged as one of the most-improved states in the country when it comes to health, as per the rankings released by NITI Aayog. This was announced by a jubilant Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma via his official Twitter handle.
He wrote: "Heartening to find Assam registering significant gains in healthcare delivery as per latest NITI Aayog 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."
Kerala has topped all other states in the country in terms of health performance, according to health index scores in a report by NITI Aayog.
As per the report, Kerala had an overall score of 74.01, with Andhra Pradesh is second at 65.13.
The states are broadly grouped into three: larger and smaller states and union territories.
HIV and tuberculosis detection and treatment, institutional deliveries, maternal and neonatal mortality rates, and immunisation coverage are among the indices measured and compared while compiling the report.
Kerala saw a decline in its score as compared to the base year of 2015-16, but Tamil Nadu saw the largest decline. In rankings, Tamil Nadu slipped from third place in 2015-16 to ninth place in 2017-18.
The health index score was calculated on the basis of 23 indicators. The report showed that Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were the only two states that showed an increase incrementally as well as overall.
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