Still long way to go

Ranchi: Jharkhand was ranked first in terms of annual incremental performance in health services in a Niti Aayog survey but was placed 14 among states, indicting how it still had a lot to do to match toppers like Kerala, Punjab or Tamil Nadu.

With 2014-15 as base year, Jharkhand increased points by 6.87, securing the first place with a score of 45.33 in 2015-16. In 2014-15, Jharkhand's score was 38.46 points. J&K and Uttar Pradesh were placed second and third, respectively, in annual incremental performance.

As per the survey findings, some of the parameters in which Jharkhand improved in the last one year were neonatal mortality rate (NMR), under-five mortality rate (UMR), full immunisation cover among infants and institutional delivery.

In 2014, the state's NMR was 25 per 1,000 live births, which came down to 23 in 2015. Similarly, UMR in 2014 was 44, which came down to 39. Immunisation coverage was 80.8 per cent in 2014, which increased to 88.1 in 2015. However, in cardiac care, Jharkhand remains at the bottom of the chart.

CM Raghubar Das hailed the report, saying it was the result of his government's sustained efforts. But the Opposition called it eyewash. "Incremental rank means nothing. It is just eyewash to hide real issues. Last year, MGM Hospital reported a high number of newborn deaths," said JMM's Baharagora MLA Kunal Sarangi.

According to hospital records, as many as 61 newborns died in September and October 2017, though the numbers were less compared to the 103 deaths reported in July and August that year.


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