Agitating Dr Govinda KC’s health deteriorating

Kathmandu, October 11

The health condition of Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopaedic surgeon, who has been on a fast-unto death for the last six days, is deteriorating.

As his white blood cells are decreasing he is at high risk of infections. Issuing a health bulletin, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital said today Dr KC’s is at high risk of arrythmia due to electrolyte imbalance in his body. He has also been complaining of muscle pain and dizziness.

However, despite the deteriorating health condition of Dr KC, the government has taken no initiative to hold talks with him, according to Dr Abhishek Raj Singh, who is a one of the doctors attending to the agitating doctor.

Dr KC is on his 13th hunger strike, demanding immediate passage of the Medical Education Bill as per the recommendations made by the Mathema-led panel. He has also demanded that medical colleges follow the fee structure set by the government.

He has sought removal of the dean and vice-chancellor of Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences and resumption of classes at Karnali Institute of Health Sciences. Dr KC has also demanded establishment of medical colleges in Doti, Dadeldhura, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Udaypur, Panchthar and Terathum, among other districts. In addition, he has also opposed the government’s decision to allow CTEVT to grant affiliation to technical institutes and colleges.

The Parliament is expected to pass the Medical Education Bill tomorrow.