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Dr KC’s health deteriorates
- Doctors administer supplemental oxygen to the fasting surgeon
Oct 10, 2017-Dr Govinda KC has been put on supplemental oxygen support after his condition deteriorated on the fifth day of his 13th hunger strike on Monday.
The senior orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) has been staging the hunger strike on the hospital premises in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu to mount pressure on the government to end anomalies in health education and medical sector of the country.
A seven-member committee, formed by the TUTH to tab on the fasting doctor’s health condition, has reported low blood pressure and acetone in his urine.
Acetone is a substance released when the body uses fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. This condition ultimately leads to fragmentation of muscles once the fat in body is exhausted.
Besides, the quantity of calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium, among other essential elements in his body has been depleting, doctors involved in his treatment said. This could pose a threat of cardiac arrest and memory loss, they warn.
Meanwhile, venting anger at the authorities’ apathy towards resolving the dispute, supporters of Dr KC have accused the government of turning a blind eye his protest. Representatives of Dr KC said the government looked “insensitive” towards the issues raised by the fasting surgeon that have direct implication on the public health.
“Government’s indifference to address Dr KC’s demands as his hunger strike enters the sixth day clearly shows the government’s apathy,” said Dr YP Singh, “Government will only heed when Dr KC’s health reaches in danger.”
Three demands added
Dr KC, who started off his 13th hunger strike with four-point demand, has added three more demands to the list.
They include termination of Education Act, which he terms as ‘anti education’, cancellation of the affiliation granted by the CTEVT to dozens of colleges and making provision for free, cheap and accessible health service and education for the middle-class and poor people of the country.
He has been pressing the government to incorporate the Mathema report, along with his suggestions, while endorsing Health Profession Education Bill from Parliament; impose a 10-year moratorium on medical colleges in Kathmandu Valley and strict enforcement of the government set fee structure for MBBS education, among others.
Published: 10-10-2017 08:12