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Himachal ranks first in Case Fatality Rate

PUNJAB NEW EXPRESS | July 19, 2020 09:14 PM

CHANDIGARH: Himachal Pradesh has again shown the way, this time in Case Fatality Rate (CFR) leaving others, including its big cousin states, straddling way behind. In what amounts to a pat on the back of the state government has ranked first in CFR with 0.75 per cent in the country,  

while Chandigarh has recorded 1.71 per cent against Haryana’s 1.35 per cent CFR.

Disclosing this by the Health Ministry while releasing country’s CFR states that for the first time CFR falls below 2.5 per cent. It also stated that 29 States and Union Territories register CFR lower than the national average.    

The focused efforts of Centre and State/UT governments on efficient clinical management of hospitalized cases have ensured that India’s Case Fatality Rate has fallen below 2.5 per cent. With effective Containment Strategy, aggressive testing and standardized clinical management protocols based on holistic Standard of Care approach, the Case Fatality Rate has significantly dipped. The Case Fatality Rate is progressively falling and currently, it is 2.49 per cent. India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world.

Under the guidance of the Centre, the State/UT governments have ramped up the testing and hospital infrastructure by combining public and private sector efforts. Many States have conducted the population surveys to map and identify the vulnerable population like the elderly, pregnant women and those with co-morbidities. This, with the help of technological solutions like Mobile Apps, has ensured keeping the high-risk population under continuous observation, thus aiding early identification, timely clinical treatment and reducing fatalities.

At the ground level, frontline health workers like ASHAs and ANMs have done a commendable job of managing the migrant population and to enhance awareness at the community level. As a result, there are 29 States and UTs with CFR lower than the India average. 5 States and UTs have a CFR of Zero. 14 States and UTs have a CFR of less than 1 per cent. This shows commendable work done by Public Health Apparatus of the country.

Thanks to the slew of initiatives taken by the Central Government in healthcare, health indices across the country are consistently making the ascending graph. This is borne out by the fact that 20 States and UTs have recorded CFR less than the national average.  

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