Dr KC continues with fast-unto-death

Kathmandu, August 26

Though today marks the third day of Dr Govinda KC’s sixth fast-unto-death, the government is yet to respond to his protest.

Dr KC is a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

Talking to THT today, he said that no government official had visited him yet. He said, “The government is to trying to ignore not only my demands, but also the demand of millions of Nepalis who seek good health care and quality education.”

Expressing solidarity with Dr KC’s protest, Kathmandu University Professors’ Association (KUPA) today appealed to the government to fulfil his demands and implement past agreements.

Issuing a press statement here today, Dr Bibhuti Ranjan Jha, President of KUPA, said Dr KC’s eight-point demand was genuine and important, thus the government ought to meet them.

The statement read, “We also demand that the government take appropriate action against members of KU Assembly, Executive Council, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, and others who are involved in granting affiliation to two new private medical colleges. We also urge the government to fulfil Dr KC’s demands as soon as possible and pray for his good health.”

Issuing a statement, Nepal Medical Association urged all other health professionals to perform their duties despite their solidarity with the protest.

The veteran doctor had started his sixth fast-unto-death from August 24 demanding an overhaul in medical education and health sector as well as implementation of the Mathema-report.

He has also demanded correction in appointment of Vice-chancellors in universities, which is being done on the basis of political power sharing.