Experts in Rajasthan contradict health index report
Experts have contradicted the NITI Aayog’s health index report in which Rajasthan slipped in a few indicators, such as sex ratio at birth and full immunisationUpdated: Feb 10, 2018 21:47 IST
Experts have contradicted the NITI Aayog’s health index report in which Rajasthan slipped in a few indicators, such as sex ratio at birth and full immunisation.
“Rajasthan is much, much better compared to Bihar and Madhya Pradesh,” said Dr Narendra Gupta, state convener of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan.
“The state health spending per capita is Rs 737.46, while it is Rs 527.88 in Madhya Pradesh and Rs 348.49 in Bihar. So how is it possible that Bihar and Madhya Pradesh could be better than Rajasthan? I am unable to understand how this rating was done,” Gupta said.
Rajasthan ranks 20th position in health index out of 21 larger states. According to the report, the overall performance index score of Rajasthan was 36.79 in reference year 2015-16 compared to 34.55 in base year 2014-15 and the incremental change 2.24.
The report stated that Rajasthan has deteriorated most on sex ratio at birth (SRB) -- number of girls born per 1000 boys. Rajasthan had SRB of 893 in the base year 2014, which decreased to 861 in the reference year 2015 – a decline by 32 points.
Social activist Rajan Choudhary said, “In Rajasthan, birth of 14 lakh to 14.50 lakh children takes place in a year and sex ratio was 929 in 2015, 939 in 2016 and 940 in 2017; these numbers are authentic. The data released by NITI Aayog is symbolic.”
He said around 1.50 lakh girls have been saved in the state from 2015 to 2017. “Even in full immunisation, there has been improvement in Rajasthan.”
As per the report, Rajasthan deteriorated in full immunisation from 78.95% in the base year to 78.06% in the reference year.
Health minister Kali Charan Saraf said, “I came to know that Rajasthan has declined in a few indicators as per the Health Index Report issued by the government of India. We will make all possible efforts to improve them.”