Nepal | July 04, 2020

NMA likely to shut down health services

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 26

Nepal Medical Association is thinking of halting medical services (except emergency) throughout the country if the government fails to meet senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC’s demands.

Dr KC has been staging hunger strike for the last 18 days demanding incorporation of the nine-point agreement he signed with the government on July 26.

NMA today notified all medical doctors of Kathmandu valley to attend a meeting tomorrow to discuss protest programmes ‘to save Dr KC’s life’ and to pressure the government to meet his demands. The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00pm at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, where Dr KC is staging his 16th hunger strike.

NMA President Dr Mukti Ram Shrestha said the government had bulldozed the bill through the House
of Representatives yesterday ignoring the NMA’s 72-hour ultimatum to meet Dr KC’s demands.

“It seems the government is not serious about the NMA’s concerns.  So we have no option but to launch protest to pile pressure. The modality of protest will be based on the decision of majority of doctors attending the meeting tomorrow,” Dr Shrestha said. “We will halt health services across the country if the majority decides,” he added. “The nature of protest will depend on Dr KC’s health. If his health deteriorates, we may be forced to halt all health services throughout the country,” he said.

NMA has clarified it will support only those demands related to reforms in medical education, not other demands such as the PM’s resignation, transitional justice issues and Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder case, said NMA Joint-treasurer Dr Prakash Budhathoky. “Reform in medical education,” he said, is Dr KC’s main demand and it is also NMA’s concern.

Meanwhile, hundreds of medical students, representatives of civil society, activists, and representatives of political parties participated in the protest rally organised by the solidarity for Dr KC Alliance at Maitighar Mandala today. They marched from Maitighar Mandala to New Baneshwor chanting slogans against the government for passing the National Medical Education Bill without meeting Dr KC’s demands.

A version of this article appears in print on January 27, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Farmers busy with paddy plantation

BHAIRAHAWA, JULY 2 Local farmers are planting paddy saplings despite the risk of coronavirus, in Bhairahawa. Farmers started planting paddy as fertiliser was easily available. Farmers are attracted to the government subsidy on fertiliser compared to the substandard fertilisers brought f Read More...

COVID tests not expanded in Sudurpaschim

BHIMDATTANAGAR, JULY 2 Sudurpaschim Province government has so far spent Rs 13.4 million on the purchase of PCR and RDT kits for conducting tests for coronavirus. Some days back, the province government had made public its expenditure on prevention, treatment and management of COVID-19. It Read More...

Tamor River, Taplejung district, Flooded river

Lack of bridge forces locals to risk lives

DHANKUTA, JULY 2 As there is no bridge over the Tamor River, locals of Sadamtar in Chaubise Rural Municipality and Teliya in Chhathar Rural Municipality, Dhankuta, are risking their lives while crossing the river. According to Chhathar Rural Municipality Ward 5 Chair Tek Bahadur Tamang, people Read More...

House wall collapse buries child to death

SAPTARI, JULY 2 A child died when a house that was being demolished crushed him at Siswa in Khadak Municipality, Saptari, today. Eeight-year-old Umesh Mandal lost his life after the wall of a house belonging to Babu Jha collapsed and buried him. Inspector Ramraja Keshari at Kadarbona Area P Read More...

Gandaki PA panel president donates perks to corona fund

POKHARA, JULY 2 Gandaki Province Public Accounts Committee President Kumar Khadka has declared he will be donating part of his facilities to the Corona Fund in the province. He made the announcement while tabling a protest notice on the bill tabled at the PA meeting proposing facilities for th Read More...

Family of deceased in dire straits

BAJURA, JULY 2 Six members of a family, who had lived in India for the last 24 years, returned to their hometown in Badimalika Municipality, Bajura, after the COVID-19 crisis affected their lives in India. Kalamati Damai, along with her ill husband and other family members returned to Majhigau Read More...

Actors take to social media to support Samragyee

KATHMANDU: Actors Reecha Sharma, Nisha Adhikari Malla, Priyanka Karki, Karma, Aashirman DS Joshi among other artistes from the Nepali film fraternity have come forward on social media to support Samragyee RL Shah who has shared a series of videos regarding her bad experience in the industry. “A Read More...

Bhuwan KC addresses ‘Samragyee’, appeals for investigation into allegations

KATHMANDU: Actor and producer Bhuwan KC took to Facebook on July 2 taking into account the posts that are “damaging his value and reputation” through videos uploaded on social media. He addressed a letter to “Samragyee” and notified her that he will take the required legal process to deal wi Read More...