In the data released by NITI Aayog on the health index of the States of South India, Karnataka has secured the last position.
Compared to last year, Karnataka has performed worse this year in the health sector, according to NITI Aayog.
In providing basic health infrastructure index, Karnataka was at 16th position in 2018-19, but this year it has slipped to 19th position.
In overall health index, Karnataka has secured ninth position from the 8th.
The State’s overall score is 57.93 from 59.29.
The Aayog has prepared the report by categorizing bigger States, smaller States and Union Territories.
Karnataka has come as 19th State among the bigger States. The Aayog has collected data based on some factors such as Neonatal Mortality Rate, Under 5 Mortality Rate and immunity.
Though Karnataka has been categorized under ‘Achievers category’ however Aayog has identified the State under ‘unimproved’ category in medical capabilities of increasing basic infrastructure.
The report noted that there is a continuous drop in gender ratio during the time of birth of the babies in the State.
Except Karnataka, all other South Indian States have shown improvement in health infrastructure in 2018-19 and 2019-20, says the report.
Among the bigger States, Kerala stands on top in overall health index but Upper Pradesh stands at the bottom in providing health facilities to the people.