Andhra Pradesh showed incredible improvement, ranked second best in terms of overall health performance. On Tuesday NITI Aayog released its health index report titled ‘The Healthy States, Progressive India: Report on Rank of States and UTs’ in the second round. Kerala again emerged as the top ranking state. Taking a big jump from the eighth position, Andhra Pradesh emerged as the second healthiest state in India. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us The Health Index is a composite score integrating 23 indicators, covering key aspects of health sector performance. When compared to Health Index scores from the year 2015-16, the changes varied significantly across states and Union Territories pointing to diverse levels of momentum in performance improvement. As per the release, Telangana reached one slot higher to the 10th position. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh got ranked as the worst. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us When it comes to overall performance, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra emerged as the top three states, NITI Aayog. According to the report the most significant progress in ranks has been observed in the state of Andhra Pradesh with the average composite health index score improving from 53.22 to 65.13. This has been accredited to 100 per cent full immunization coverage along with fully operationalized Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS) for 100 per cent of staff. Following AP, Rajasthan and Maharashtra also improved in their ranking by four and three positions correspondingly. The states which improved their ranking by one position each are Telangana, Karnataka, Haryana, and Assam. Advertise With Us Other than Jharkhand, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh, the Tuberculosis success rates worsened in most states. 10 other states including Telangana have partially operationalised the HRMIS for 12 to 86 per cent of staff. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha are the states which witnessed a decline in the overall health index score. The report suggests that the decline in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh was mainly because of TB (tuberculosis) treatment success rate, total fertility rate, low birth weight, the sex ratio at birth, quality accreditation of public health facilities, and time taken for NHM (National Health Mission) fund transfer.