This is progress? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 November 2006 00:00
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Poverty rates in the country have certainly come down, but it remains true the poverty levels defined are too low, and do not take into account other family needs such as education and health expenses. Poor public delivery of services has also meant that, when it comes to basic health, the improvement over the years is very slight. The results of the latest National Health and Family Statistics (NFHS3) survey show just marginal improvement in critical parameters such as vaccination of children or their nutrition levels over the past 13 years. More shocking, while states like Uttar Pradesh expectedly have poor health standards (data for Bihar has not yet been released), even richer states like Gujarat fare quite poorly — while the proportion of children being vaccinated has fallen, there has been only a marginal improvement in the nutritional levels of children.


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