KATHMANDU, June 30
Dr Govinda KC today said that he would stage protest again if his demands and agreements reached with the government were not fulfilled.
Dr KC, who has for long fighting against irregularities in the medical education sector, in the past had staged hunger strikes several times, calling for end to anomalies in the sector.
Issuing a press statement a day after a seven-member task force led by Kedar Bhakta Mathema submitted its report to the government with recommendations to improve medical education sector in Nepal, Dr KC, senior orthopedist at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, demanded that the government create provisions for free post graduate studies for MBBS graduates to ensure quality health services across the country.
“Improving quality of health services and health education should be the major concern of the government, political parties and bureaucrats, but none are serious about this issue,” Dr KC said in his statement. A committee formed to prepare the working procedures for free PG level studies in three institutions — Institute of Medicine, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and Nepal Academy of Medical Sciences — has submitted its report to the Ministry of Health and Population, but the government is least bothered about presenting it before the Cabinet and create the provisions of free studies in PG level, he said. “If the government provides free PG facility, we will have more experts in the field, who will be obliged to deliver quality health services in remote areas of the country where 80 per cent of the total population live,” he said, adding, “Ignoring the implementation of this working procedure means playing with the health of Nepali people.”
Dr KC has also demanded that the government make public the full report of Mathema-led task force and implement it in a transparent way.
Addressing the demands of students of Janaki Medical College and Nobel Medical College, drafting Medical University Bill, scrapping the registration of two medical colleges affiliated to Kathmandu University and granting permission to Nepali students to study MBBS in only those colleges which meets the criteria in Nepal are some other demands of Dr KC.
A version of this article appears in print on July 01, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.