Chairman Regmi orders prompt address of TUTH problems
Jan 18, 2014-
Chairman of the Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi has said the government's serious attention was drawn towards the problems surfaced in the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and directed the TU office-bearers to immediately address the problems.
A meeting that took place on Saturday at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar aimed at seeking solution to the TUTH problems instructed the TU officials to be vigilant about the health condition of Dr Govinda KC who is on a fast-unto-death strike seeking reforms at the hospital, and of the negative impact on public health due to the disruption of hospital services, said Education Ministry's spokesperson Mahashram Sharma after the meeting.
In response, TU representatives said the current problems at the TUTH could be addressed internally and pledged to calm down the situation as soon as possible through consultations and discussions with the office bearers of the Institute of Medicine, TU Teaching Hospital and Nepal Medical Association.
Spokesman Sharma said following Chairman Regmi's directives the Tribhuvan University (TU) officials expressed their commitment to immediately address the problems seen in the hospital.
The meeting has also urged everyone to provide health services to the service seekers without letting the latest situation at the hospital to hamper the works of rendering the medical services.
Prof Dr Govind KC is on a fast-unto-death since a week protesting against the appointment of Dr Sashi Sharma as the Dean of the IoM.
At the meeting, discussions were held on the possible repercussions of Dr KC's fast in the services that the hospital has to render to the service seekers and Chairman Regmi is learnt to have drawn the attention on the need of resuming the hospital services at the earliest.
The government has already constituted a task force regarding granting more autonomy to the Institute of Medicine and the Institute of Engineering and also suspended granting of affiliation to new medical colleges for now – two of the seven demands put forward by Dr KC.
Minister for Health and Population, Bidyadhar Mallik, Minister for Education Madhav Prasad Poudel, TU Vice Chancellor, Rector and Registrar, the Education Secretary and the Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers were present in the meeting today.
Published: 18-01-2014 21:17