India's health secretary says official health survey data is unreliable

One of the key sources of data the government uses to measure vital health indicators, such as the infant mortality rate and immunisation coverage, is unreliable, the Union health secretary said in July. And another major data source, which captures metrics like maternal and child health at government health facilities across the country, is not being used effectively, he said. Speaking at the launch of the Brookings India Health Monitor, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) CK Mishra said the data produced for certain states by the recently released round of the National FamilyHealth Survey (NFHS-4) — the major source for detailed health statistics in India, conducted under the aegis of the HealthMinistry — doesn’t match with the ground reality, raising questions about its reliability.

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In the wake of a slew of layoffs at the country’s largest IT services companies, many young job-seekers have begun to despair of finding work in the technology industry in the coming months and years. A shock to this industry, if any, hits the foundational beliefs of the Indian middle class, which celebrates science and spurns humanities, making engineering and medical science the two most aspirational career choices for high school graduates.