Dimapur, February 11, 2018: The average time taken to transfer Central National Health Mission Funds from the State Treasury to the implementation agency in Nagaland has increased from over 3 months to over 7 months (101 to 213 days).
No wonder, among the smaller states, Nagaland languish at the bottom of the latest National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog’s Health Index Report released on February 9.
According to the reports titled, “Healthy States, Progressive India,” Nagaland’s overall performance has worsened substantially – the State’s Health Index fell from 45.26 in the base year to 37.38 in the reference year. The base year was 2013-14 and the reverence year was 2015-16.
The State also has the dubious distinction of showing the highest negative incremental change of -7.88 points between base and reference years.
Incidentally, the data also highlighted that the transfer of the funds from Treasury to implementation agency in Nagaland has significantly deteriorated during the assessed period – from 101 days to 213 days.
Nagaland was among the states which have not shown any improvement from base year to reference year, the report noted.
The state performed poorly on indicators such as TB treatment success rate (91 to 72 percent), average occupancy of three key State-level officers (12 to 7 months), first trimester ANC registration (47 to 36 percent), it added. In position of specialists at the district hospitals, Nagaland had none.
Among the smaller states category, Mizoram was categorized as a front-runner – with the highest observed performance among the Smaller States. Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh are categorised as Achievers.
Only two States, namely Manipur and Goa, improved their position from base year to reference year, each up by two positions.
States like Tripura and Nagaland are categorized as ‘Aspirants,’ a term the NITI Aayog has recently started using instead of the negative sounding ‘backward’ category.
Source: The Morung Express
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