Kathmandu, August 7
Dr Govinda KC, senior orthopaedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, today said he would be compelled to launch fresh hunger strike, if the government did not implement the nine-point agreement.
Organising a press meet, Dr KC said, “We will not accept even minor changes in the agreement. The agreement was not reached with me alone, but 30 million Nepali citizens. So any kind of fraudulent activity by the government will compel me to launch fresh hunger strike.”
He also requested the government to get the nine-point agreement endorsed through the Cabinet. Point number eight of the agreement states that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology would register the agreement in the Cabinet for endorsement.
“The government should not delay endorsement of the agreement,” he said, adding that government representatives had promised to get the agreement endorsed in the Cabinet within 15 days. The written agreement,however, does not give any time frame for endorsement of the agreement.
Dr KC burst into tears all of a sudden and apologised for not being able to provide services to patients during his hunger strike. Dr KC has staged hunger strike for 15 times since July 2012, demanding reforms in medical education.
Dr KC looked frail and said it was getting difficult for him to continue hunger strike due to age. “On the 26th day of my last hunger strike, I had felt that I would die. But it was my determination and responsibility towards the people that kept me going.”
A version of this article appears in print on August 08, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.