Dr. KC warns another fast-unto-death if new demands not met


KATHMANDU, Sept 15: Senior orthopedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and medical education reform activist Dr. Govinda KC has put forward new demands while warning another fast-unto-death if they are not addressed properly.

Dr. KC has already staged 16 hunger strikes demanding reform in the medical education sector. He ended his 16th hunger strike in January this year as the government endorsed the National Medical Education Bill in the parliament despite protests and objections. While ending his hunger strike on the 24th day, Dr. KC had vowed to continue his protest.

On Sunday, Dr KC issued a press release has put forth a seven-point demand which include amendment in the Medical Education Bill as per the previous agreement, refunding of the excessive fees the medical colleges charged the students illegally and action against such colleges, starting the process to build medical colleges in Province 2 and Gandaki as agreed before, including MBBS course in Karnali Academy of Health Sciences and Rapti Academy of Health Sciences and restricting top leaders form visiting foreign countries for medical check-up.