Former chief justice Sushila Karki’s team in Ilam to show solidarity with fasting surgeon

- Biplaw Bhattarai, ILLAM

Jan 18, 2019-

A team of civil society leaders, including former Chief Justice Sushila Karki, reached Ilam on Thursday to express her solidarity with the demands of senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC. KC has been fasting for the last nine days, demanding authorities to bring reforms in the country’s medical education sector.

Former Vice-chancellor of Tribhuvan University Kedarbhakta Mathema and rights activist Daman Nath Dhungana were also part of the team that reached Illam.

KC’s health condition is critical. Doctors said the fasting surgeon should immediately be admitted to a well facilitated hospital. On Wednesday, doctors from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan brought a mini-ventilator to Illam as the district hospital does not have an intensive care facility. KC was admitted to the hospital on Monday. Supporters of Dr KC have also launched a signature campaign in Illam district headquarters to show solidarity with the fasting doctor. They have been organising rallies on a daily basis to support KC.

KC has been demanding the government to sack the office bearers of Tribhuvan University as recommended by the Gauri Bahadur Karki-led probe committee, restore the power of the TU Institute of Medicine, begin works to open medical colleges in the seven provinces, and run MBBS classes at the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences. KC has been staging an indefinite hunger strike since January 9.

Rally in support of Thapa

Supporters of Bijaya Thapa, who has been staging a hunger strike at Lakuri Bazar in Illam for the past seven days to protest against KC’s demand, took out a rally in the district on Thursday. They have demanded the government to save Thapa’s life. Thapa was admitted to Illam Hospital on Thursday following complaints of cough. He said the Medical Education Bill should be passed by a majority vote rather than under anyone’s pressure. Dr KC started his 16th hunger strike after the Education and Health Committee of the Legislature Parliament endorsed the report on the bill against the agreement signed with him. The discussion on the contested report and the added provisions will begin in the next Parliament meeting scheduled for January 18.

Published: 18-01-2019 08:31

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