Dr Govinda KC set to begin fast-unto-death for sixth time

Dr Govinda KC set to begin fast-unto-death for sixth time

Senior orthopaedic surgeon at the Institute of Medicine under Tribhuvan University, Dr Govinda KC, on Friday warned of launching the sixth fast-unto-death with his old demands next week.

Issuing a press statement today, the veteran surgeon put forth a six-point charter of demands and said he will stage the indefinite hunger strike from coming Wednesday, August 12, if the demands are not met by then.

His demands include implementation of the report submitted by a high level task force formed to recommend national policy on Health Profession Education (HPE).

The panel led by educationist Kedar Bhakta Mathema had submitted its report to the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on June 29 and it was made public on August 4.

“If the report is not implemented,” Dr KC said in the statement, “Most of earlier achievements as well as great opportunities for reforms in Nepali health sector will be lost.”

Likewise, the doctor demanded appointment of university officials on the basis of seniority and work competence against political affiliations, submission of a Medical University Bill at the Parliament and investigations into alleged anomalies by former officials of the Institute of Medicine by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), among others.

Dr KC had staged fast-unto-death with various demands related to the medical sector for five times over last few years. All of his protests, however, have ended in agreements with the government.

Source: THT