New Delhi: Kerala has emerged on top in terms of overall health performance parameters in the country in Niti Aayog’s Health Index which was released here on Friday. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state however was at the bottom of the index, though it has shown incremental improvement.
Kerala was followed by Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, according to the report named ‘Healthy States, Progressive India: Report on Rank of States and UTs’.
Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha are among those which have performed poorly on the index.
In terms of annual incremental performance, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are the top three states.
These three states showed the maximum gains in indicators such as Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR), Under-five Mortality Rate (U5MR), full immunisation coverage, institutional deliveries.
Among the smaller states, Mizoram ranked first followed by Manipur and Goa.