Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have emerged as top performing States in terms of their performance in various healthcare parameters, according to the second health index launched by the government think tank Niti Aayog.
In the report which took into account the period 2015-16 (base year) to 2017-18 (reference year), Kerala was ranked best State followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra which were ranked at number two and three respectively. Uttar Pradesh was ranked worst performing state in the report.
The health index is a composite measure of States and Union Territories based on 23 health indicators with major weightage to the outcomes.
Among larger states, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand were the top three states in terms of incremental performances, according to the report.
In February 2018, the first round of the health index was released, which measured the annual and incremental performances of States and UTs for the period 2014-15(base year) to 2015-16 (reference year).
The report has been prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with technical assistance from the World Bank.