Kerala has been ranked as the top state to achieve highest annual decline in Infant Mortality Rate followed by Mizoram and Karnataka, according to the Health Ministry. Union Health Minister JP Nadda inaugurated the 5th National Summit on “Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Healthcare Systems in India” being held in Assam and also released a report ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ which ranks states and UTs on improvements in common health meters. While Himachal Pradesh stood first for the highest annual decline in Neonatal Mortality Rate 2015 vs 2016, Tamil Nadu and Delhi were ranked second and third respectively. West Bengal was declared the best state in Family Planning category while Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan were ranked second and third respectively. Himachal Pradesh again was ranked the best state for highest annual decline in Under 5 Mortality followed by both Assam and Jharkhand in second position and Gujarat and Kerala in third rank.
For best performance in Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) Andhra Pradesh Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh were declared top states. Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were ranked as best performance states in National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS). Speaking at the event, Nadda said the government is focused on promoting innovative approaches. “The govt believes in cooperative federalism. The Health Ministry stands with the states. While the ownership is that of the states, we are ready to lend all technical and financial support. The essence of co-operative federalism lies not in decentralization alone but also in sharing and learning from each other,” he stated. – Business Standard