The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) chief executive officer Amitabh Kant on Tuesday said economic development of states not possible without improving healthcare after releasing the second round of Health Index.
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.
"If you look at Kerala, it scored close to about 75 percent, Bihar comes down to just about 24 percent and Uttar Pradesh is even lower around that rate. So, there is a very wide variation between states,” Kant said.
"The good thing is that Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh have done very well in incremental performance. Kerala is doing well, it has historically been doing well and therefore we just do not do a historical ranking. So, we look at the performance during the base year and the reference year. So, between 2015-2016 and 2017-2018, these five states have done remarkably well and they hold a lesson that if you focus on the health, if you focus on these 23 indices, you can make a quantum jump forward which Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana have done,” he added.
“If you look at a state like Mizoram, it has done so remarkably well. You feel so proud of its performance that it has taken Kerala head-on, it is on par with Kerala. Therefore, what it is demonstrating to the rest of India is that even smaller states can do very well. So, our view is that huge resources need to go in, but education and health go together. When health and education do well, economic development takes a quantum jump forward. There is a direct correlation,” he added.