Guwahati, January 4: When it comes to health schemes or insurance coverage, Assam state does not fare too well.
The latest National Family Health Survey-4 revealed that only 10.4% of the households have at least one member covered under any such scheme.
The state government, which rolled out the ambitious Atal Amrit Abhiyan (AAA) last Sunday, now faces a daunting task to improve the coverage.
The AAA scheme aims to cover below and above poverty line (BPL/APL) families whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh. Assam's 10.4% was only an 8% increase from 2.3% when the last survey was carried out in 2005-6. Urban Assam fared poorly as well with a meagre 12.6% of households being covered by a health scheme.
Only Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Manipur ranked below Assam when it came to this important key indicator in the survey with 5.7% and 3.6% respectively.
Information was collected from 24,542 households, 28447 women and 3860 men. "There should be an universal health insurance scheme which should be put in place as early as possible. The state government should have accelerated its efforts. I haven't seen the NFHS survey but the 10.4% figure is quite low," said a medical practitioner.