- The central government,Tamil Nadu and the World Bank have signed a $287 million loan agreement for the state’s Health System Reform Programme.
- The program aims to (a)improve the quality of health care (b)reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases(NCDs) and (c)fill equity gaps in reproductive and child health services.
- The Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program will also support the state government to develop (a)clinical protocols and guidelines (b) achieve national accreditation for primary, secondary, and tertiary-level health facilities in the public sector.
- Further,the program will also help in strengthening physicians,nurses and paramedics through continuous medical education and also strengthen the feedback loop between citizens and the state by making quality and other data accessible to the public.
- Tamil Nadu ranks third among all Indian states in the NITI Aayog Health Index.The state’s maternal mortality rate has also declined from 90 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 62 deaths in 2015-16 while infant mortality has declined from 30 deaths per 1000 live births to 20 in the same period.
- NITI Aayog Health Index ranks all states and Union territories based on their year-on-year incremental modification and overall performance in health.All States and UTs are graded in 3 classes to make sure comparison among similar entities.In terms of all performance,Kerala topped the list among the Larger States.
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