Dr Govinda KC breaks fast-unto-death

KATHMANDU: Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital's senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC ended his eighth fast-unto-death on Monday.

Earlier, on Sunday night, the fasting doctor had agreed to end his protest after sealing a four-point agreement with the government.

Inviting journalists and his well-wishers at the TUTH, where he was staging the fast-unto-death, Dr KC broke the hunger strike taking a glass of juice from two patients at the hospital.

Dr. Senendra Raj Upreti, Health Secretary and coordinator of the government's talks team, was also present while Dr KC broke the fast.

It was Dr KC's eighth fast-unto-death and lasted for 16 days, the longest of all, since July 2012.

Putting forth major four demands including implementation of previous agreements signed with him, Dr KC on July 10 had begun the hunger strike at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

Dr KC and the government, on Sunday late night, had agreed to meet his most of his demands.

On Dr KC's demand to impeach Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority chief Lokman Singh Karki, the government team had convinced Dr KC that the matter was under the jurisprudence of the Parliament and a proposal seeking discussion on the issue already entered the Parliament.