Dr Gobinda KC warns of another hunger strike

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu
Dr Gobinda KC warns of another hunger strike

Nov 6, 2014-Dr Govinda KC, orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), has warned of staging a fast-unto-death within the next 10 days if the government fails to implement past agreements.

He has already staged similar fast-unto-death four times in the past demanding a separate medical university and national medical standards. Ending his fourth fast-unto-death on February 15, the government had formed two committees to address his demands.

An expert committee formed to determine whether the country needs a separate medical university as demanded by Dr KC had given its green signal. The committee, in its final report, has said that there is indeed a need for a separate medical university and that all new medical colleges which are awaiting affiliations should be allowed to function under that university.

Though the committee submitted its report to Minister of Education Chitra Lekha Yadav in June, the ministry is yet to implement the recommendations.

The nine-member panel led by Dr Ramesh Kanta Adhikari, former dean of the Tribhuvan University’s Institute of Medicine also comprised former Vice Chancellor of Patan Academy of Health Sciences Dr Arjun Karki, Dr Jagdish Agrawal of TUTH, Dr Baburam Marasini of the Ministry of Health and Population and President of Nepal Medical Association Dr Anjani Kumar Jha, among others, as members and Education Ministry’s Joint-secretary Mahashram Sharma as member secretary.

Similarly, another committee led by Jayaram Giri, the former education secretary, was formed to study the medical studies standards in the country. The panel had also asked the government to provide affiliations through a medical university and strengthen TU as well as Kathmandu University, which provide affiliation to medical colleges.

Dr KC said government has failed to regulate medical education in the country and is pressing the IoM to grant affiliation to new medical colleges. He has also put forth six previous demands asking the government to implement its agreement.

According to Dr KC, the government should form a high-level committee to draft the National Medical Education Act and should present it to the Parliament. He has also asked the government to table the bill on the formation of Medical University, stop granting affiliations to medical college for now and take action against TU officials for piling pressure on the IoM to grant affiliations to new medical colleges.

Similarly, he has asked the government to book the former and incumbent IoM and TU office bearers, who were found guilty of corruption and irregularities and create conducive environment to establish medical colleges in rural areas.

“I will wait till November 16. If the government turns a deaf ear, I will resume my protest,” he said.

Published: 07-11-2014 09:15

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