KC hopes government honours agreement

  • He apologises for his inability to care for patients even after his 27-day recent fast

Aug 8, 2018-

Upon being discharged from hospital 12 days after ending his hunger strike, campaigner Dr Govinda KC on Tuesday drew the government’s attention to timely implementation of his demands.

The government and Dr KC’s team agreed on a nine-point demand on July 26, setting different deadlines for meeting each component of the deal.

Dr KC has been fighting for reforms in the country’s medical education, with demands to end anomalies plaguing the sector.

Since the deadlines of enforcing some of the pacts are nearing, Dr KC told a news conference on Tuesday that he still hoped the government would not ignore his concerns this time.

“The governments did not care to implement my demands previously but I do hope this time that my concerns will be implemented within the next few days,” said Dr KC.

At the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Dr KC expressed his concerns over the delay in passing the medical education bill from Parliament.

The passing of the bill incorporating the recommendations of the Kedar Bhakta Mathema-led task force was the major demand of Dr KC. The ordinance, now presented as a bill, remains to be passed nearly two weeks after the deal between the government and Dr KC’s team.

Besides, he reminded the government that only three days remained to form the committee for looking into the reasons behind the failure to start MBBS classes at the Jumla-based Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) eight years after permission.

Dr KC had given the government 15 days for setting up the committee to study why classes never began at the KAHS in the Karnali Province.

Another demand of Dr KC’s 15th fast was action against 43 individuals accused by the Gauri Bahadur Karki-led committee of affiliating the Kathmandu National Medical College even if it lacked the basic infrastructure. Those named in the report include some of the top Tribhuvan University officials.

Right after the agreement, the TU Registrar’s Office released a statement, alleging foul play as the Karki-led team prepared its report. “The guilty always try to come up with some irrelevant acts to cover their corrupt deeds,” said Dr KC.

He would wait for the government to take action against the accused within the agreed two-month period.

Dr KC said sorry for his inability to care for patients even after his 27-day recent fast, his longest so far. He had the backing of health service providers who halted general medical services to press for his demands.

“Had the government fulfilled it responsibility, I wouldn’t have to stage so many hunger strikes,” said Dr KC, breaking into tears.

Dr KC threatened the government with tougher measures if his demands were not met within the agreed time. Dr KC complains of dizziness and has lost 13kg weight as a result of the fast.

Published: 08-08-2018 07:18

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