Healthy states: Maharashtra earns the third spot on NITI Aayog’s health index

Kerala has topped among large states on overall health performance in NITI Aayog’s Health Index followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra

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Maharashtra features prominently on the third spot which has shown that the state has taken beneficial steps through its policies and health interventions. It has taken great strides to improve the health and welfare of the people. Also, over 56,000 patients have availed medical benefits through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in 4.5 years.

The report ranks states and union territories innovatively on their year-on-year incremental change in health outcomes, as well as, their overall performance with respect to each other.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-chairman Niti Aayog Rajeev Kumar said, Centre is working with states to improve the health indicators. Speaking to the press, Member NITI Aayog, V K Paul said, this index helps states to systematically assess their performance with respect to their past performances as well as other states which promote competitive federalism.

Talking to the press, Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said, the health index will help the government to assess its performance and states will also get the direction where they are moving and they should move.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Abhijeet More, conveyor of Jan Arogya Abhiyan, an NGO working in the field of healthcare in Pune, said, “It is good news for us that Maharashtra has ranked third in healthy states. But we shouldn’t be satisfied with this. We have to find new ways to upgrade the health systems. In comparisons to other states, Maharashtra ranks first in GDP. The child maternity rate has reduced. The vacant post of doctors and nurses should be filled. And essential services need to be provided in government hospitals.”

Whereas Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, Ex-IMA state secretary, said, “We need to check through which indicators NITI Aayog has awarded Maharashtra. It is a good sign that Maharashtra has ranked third. Civic and government–run hospitals need to provide essential services to their patients and upgrade their health systems.”

The report focuses on measuring and highlighting the overall performance and incremental improvement over a two-year period, 2016-17 and 2017-18 in the States and UTs. It takes a comprehensive look at health in terms of health outcomes, governance and processes and impact of policy interventions.