Dr KC, supporters protest outside Baluwatar
Aug 21, 2016-Dr Govinda KC and his supporters staged a protest outside the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Saturday demanding swift implementation of the agreements the government has signed with him.
During his eighth hunger strike, the previous government led by KP Sharma Oli had agreed to acquire the Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (MMIHS) while amending some provisions of the Health Profession Education Policy. Following the agreements, Dr KC agreed on July 25 to break his 16-day fast.
Dr KC and his supporters said that even CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is the incumbent prime minister, had expressed his commitment to fulfilling the demands once he assumes the position of the executive head.
“We are fighting for quality in medical education and healthcare,” said Dr KC. “The government should implement the past agreements.”
Stating that the government always puts its decision on the backburner once the hunger strike ends, Dr KC said they would hit the streets until the agreements are implemented.
“The parliamentarians should also discuss the impeachment process of CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki and Commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak.”
Dr KC has long been fighting against political meddling in universities and commercialisation of medical education. Since 2012, he has staged eight hunger strikes demanding reforms. But the government has been falling back on its commitment every time.
Recently, the “Solidarity for Dr KC Alliance” campaign has been pressing parliamentarians and the officials concerned to honour their commitments. Health Secretary Dr Sinendra Raj Upreti said they are holding a meeting on Sunday to discuss the status of implementation of the agreements. He said the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, has been instructed to prepare a plan for acquiring the MMIHS.
Published: 21-08-2016 09:10