Government ‘abducts’ social activist

  • Dr KC refuges to enter ICU, vows to continue his protest until his demands for reforms in medical education sector are met
- BINOD GHIMIRE, LP Devkota, Kathmandu / Jumla

Jul 20, 2018-

Social activist and medical education reformer Dr Govinda  KC is currently lodged in Ganeshman Building on the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital premises after he refused to enter Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Officials from the Ministry of Health brought him by force from Jumla to Kathmandu on a Nepal Army helicopter.

The hospital administration wanted to admit him in Intensive Care Unit, but eventually kept him in Ganeshman Building within the hospital premise as per his wish.

Dr KC has said his fight would continue unless government fulfills his demands. He condemned the government move to bring him forcibly to Kathmandu. He insisted he would not receive any treatment until his demands are met.

Describing the government move as autocratic he said, he is committed to his demands and no force can alter them. He will only receive saline at the teaching hospital, he told journalists through his aide.

Dr KC was on an indefinite fast for the last 20 days in Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS), Jumla. Health Ministry officials put him into the helicopter by force against his and his supporters’ wishes.

Dr KC agreed to move to Kathmandu after local administration used excessive force that injured over two dozen students and medics at KAHS.

“The academy incurred loss and damage due to the hooliganism of the government. There could be more casualties if I stayed inside the academy,” said a tearful Dr KC while being taken towards an ambulance on a stretcher. He said that the government abducted him to Kathmandu as he wanted to go on a regular flight the next day.

Reacting to reports of his serious condition, an emergency secretariat meeting of the Nepal Communist Party on Wednesday evening decided to bring him forcibly to Kathmandu.

Subsequently, a team comprising officials from Health Ministry reached Khalanga, the district headquarters of Jumla, in a Nepal Army helicopter to shift him.

Published: 20-07-2018 07:34

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