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Nepal Medical Association urges government to save Dr KC’s life

- Sanjaya Lama, Kathmandu

Jan 12, 2019-

Nepal Medical Association has urged the government to take initiative to save the life of Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging his 16th hunger strike in Ilam demanding reforms in medical sector.

Saying that that health condition of Dr KC is deteriorating and untoward incident may occur any time soon, the Association demanded the government to create conducive environment for ending the hunger strike forever.

Issuing a statement on Saturday, the Association said that Dr KC’s decision to stage 16ht hunger strike was for the people and for the betterment of the medical sector in Nepal. The Association said that the government activities regarding the demand of Dr KC is distressing him and urged the government to implement the past agreements reached with him.

Senior orthopedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Dr Govinda KC, had begun his 16th hunger strike in Ilam on January 9.

Earlier, he had announced to stage another round of hunger strike if the government failed to endorse the Medical Education Bill in line with the agreement signed with him earlier.

He decided to start fast-unto-death after Education and Health Committee of the Legislature Parliament on January 8 endorsed the report on Medical Education Bill against the agreement signed with him.

He has been demanding the government sack the office bearers of Tribhuvan University as per the recommendation made by Gauri Bahadur Karki led probe committee, reinstate the rights of Institute of Medicine snatched by the TU office bearers, take ahead the works of opening medical colleges in all the seven provinces effectively and begin process of admitting MBBS students at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences at the earliest.

Dr KC’s other demands are arrest of the people involved in rape and murder of Nirmala Pant of Kanchanpur, file criminal case against those involved in destroying evidence, torturing innocent people, and opening fire on those who were protesting for justice.

Earlier in June, Dr KC had begun his 15th hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla. He was later brought to Kathmandu.

Published: 12-01-2019 14:08

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