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Here are the top 10 healthiest states in India, according to Niti Aayog

Updated : 2019-06-26 15:42:32

Kerala has occupied the top slot in terms of health performance among large states followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, whereas Uttar Pradesh and Bihar remained at the bottom, according to the Niti Aayog's second round of Health Index. The ranking was done under three categories -- larger states, smaller states and Union territories (UTs) -- to ensure comparison among similar entities.

#1 Kerala: Niti Aayog ranked Kerala to be the healthiest state in India, in its recently published health index. The state recently underwent the scare of the spread of Nipah virus, but it was contained. Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said the scare of the second attack of the virus in the state was over, earlier this month. (Image: Unsplash)
#1 Kerala: Niti Aayog ranked Kerala to be the healthiest state in India, in its recently published health index. The state recently underwent the scare of the spread of Nipah virus, but it was contained. Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said the scare of the second attack of the virus in the state was over, earlier this month. (Image: Unsplash)
#2 Andhra Pradesh: The government think-tank ranked Andhra Pradesh second in its health index. In 2017-2018, the state has seen an outbreak of influenza and in 2018, the viral fever cases were on the rise. The state was also on high alert on the wake of the outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala. (Image: AP Tourism)
#2 Andhra Pradesh: The government think-tank ranked Andhra Pradesh second in its health index. In 2017-2018, the state has seen an outbreak of influenza and in 2018, the viral fever cases were on the rise. The state was also on high alert on the wake of the outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala. (Image: AP Tourism)
#3 Maharashtra: According to Niti Aayog, Maharashtra is the third-healthiest state in India. According to a report by the Indian Express, 17,000 people in Maharashtra died in 2017 because of the persisting malnutrition crisis. In 2011, 77 babies died of hunger in Maharashtra, according to reports. This is, even though, the state is reportedly home to the most effective nutrition schemes. (Stock image)
#3 Maharashtra: According to Niti Aayog, Maharashtra is the third-healthiest state in India. According to a report by the Indian Express, 17,000 people in Maharashtra died in 2017 because of the persisting malnutrition crisis. In 2011, 77 babies died of hunger in Maharashtra, according to reports. This is, even though, the state is reportedly home to the most effective nutrition schemes. (Stock image)
#4 Gujarat:  Gujarat is ranked fourth in the index released by Niti Aayog. The state is home to many cities affected by air pollution. According to Lancet’s Global Burden of Diseases latest report, around 30,000 people died in the state because of air pollution. The state, currently, is undergoing the fear of measles-rubella (MR) and cases of kidney and brain disorders have been reported. (Image: IANS)
#4 Gujarat:  Gujarat is ranked fourth in the index released by Niti Aayog. The state is home to many cities affected by air pollution. According to Lancet’s Global Burden of Diseases latest report, around 30,000 people died in the state because of air pollution. The state, currently, is undergoing the fear of measles-rubella (MR) and cases of kidney and brain disorders have been reported. (Image: IANS)
#5. Punjab: The state maintained the fifth spot as the Niti Aayog report said Punjab has not shown any improvement. Punjab has been witnessing a persistent drug problem which has cost more than 100 lives. According to a report by AIIMS released in 2015, the number of drug addicts was already as high as two lakh. (Image: Unsplash)
#5. Punjab: The state maintained the fifth spot as the Niti Aayog report said Punjab has not shown any improvement. Punjab has been witnessing a persistent drug problem which has cost more than 100 lives. According to a report by AIIMS released in 2015, the number of drug addicts was already as high as two lakh. (Image: Unsplash)
#6. Himachal Pradesh: The state was ranked sixth on the index. According to a government report MedIND, the people in the state suffer from three groups of diseases — communicable, such as respiratory; water and food-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea and contact diseases such as skin diseases. (Stock image)
#6. Himachal Pradesh: The state was ranked sixth on the index. According to a government report MedIND, the people in the state suffer from three groups of diseases — communicable, such as respiratory; water and food-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea and contact diseases such as skin diseases. (Stock image)
#7 J&K: Jammu and Kashmir is ranked seventh in the health index. Because of the border tensions, the state suffers from medical negligence. Apart from this, the state also suffers from the sickle cell disease, which is a genetical disease that is chronic, painful and most times leads to death. (Image: AP)
#7 J&K: Jammu and Kashmir is ranked seventh in the health index. Because of the border tensions, the state suffers from medical negligence. Apart from this, the state also suffers from the sickle cell disease, which is a genetical disease that is chronic, painful and most times leads to death. (Image: AP)
#8 Karnataka: Karnataka is ranked eighth on the health index. According to multiple reports, the adult population is prone to heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. For communicable diseases, food poisoning is among the most common diseases in the state. (Image: IANS)
#8 Karnataka: Karnataka is ranked eighth on the health index. According to multiple reports, the adult population is prone to heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. For communicable diseases, food poisoning is among the most common diseases in the state. (Image: IANS)
#9 Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu is ranked ninth on the index formulated by Niti Aayog. This year, the state reported more than 280 cases of swine flu. The southern state was also on high alert for Nipah virus, on the wake of the outbreak scare in Kerala. (Image: MyTrichy/Facebook)
#9 Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu is ranked ninth on the index formulated by Niti Aayog. This year, the state reported more than 280 cases of swine flu. The southern state was also on high alert for Nipah virus, on the wake of the outbreak scare in Kerala. (Image: MyTrichy/Facebook)
#10. Telangana: The state is ranked tenth on the Niti Aayog index. This year, in March, the state reported 818 cases and 12 deaths due to swine flu. Last year, around 170 cases of malaria were reported in the state. (Stock image)
#10. Telangana: The state is ranked tenth on the Niti Aayog index. This year, in March, the state reported 818 cases and 12 deaths due to swine flu. Last year, around 170 cases of malaria were reported in the state. (Stock image)
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