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J&K 2nd fastest improving state; 7th overall performer

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#JAMMU || Taking long strides in the health sector, Jammu and Kashmir has been ranked the second fastest improving state in the country in terms of annual incremental performance on health indicators, missing on the top spot only by 0.04 points, while it managed a decent seventh spot in the overall performance with a score of 60.35 in the NITI Aayog’s Health Index Report released on Friday.

The Jammu and Kashmir has improved its overall score of 53.52 in 2014-15 to 60.35 in 2015-16, thus securing 7th rank in the list of overall performance of large states, which was topped by Kerala with a score of 76.55.

However, its incremental performance up by 6.83 points positioned J&K in second spot in the list of maximum gains in improvement of health outcomes in indicators such as neonatal mortality rate, under-five mortality rate, full immunization coverage, institutional deliveries, and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) on anti-retroviral therapy, only 0.04 points behind Jharkhand which improved its score by 6.87 points, from 38.46 to 45.33 points.

The rankings, it may be mentioned, are a weighted composite index based on indicators in three domains: health outcomes (70 per cent weightage), governance and information (12 per cent), and key inputs and processes (18 per cent).

Also this index would be linked to incentives under the National Health Mission, which underlines the importance of such an exercise.

Meanwhile, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat has expressed satisfaction on the performance of the State health department in improving its slot in the health indicators in the country. He has complimented the officers and officials of the Department on this significant achievement and called for maintaining the tempo.