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Dr KC ends hunger strike

KATHMANDU — Senior Orthopedic Surgeon Professor Dr Govinda KC ended his hunger strike on the 14th day after a 10-point agreement with the government on Wednesday evening.

A 10-year old girl Rojina Tamang fed a glass of honey and water to Dr KC in the presence of Health Minister Deepak Bohara, Health Secretary Dr Kiran Regmi, Secretary at Council of Ministers Mahindra Prasad Upadhyay, Chief of the Department of Medical Service Dr Bholaram Shrestha, and senior advocate Om Prakash Sharma, among others  at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).

The government, in the agreement, has assured of addressing Dr KC’s demands including enactment of Health Profession and Education (HPE) legislation through ordinance.

After signing the agreement, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba held a telephone talks with Dr KC in which the latter demanded that the agreement should be implemented within October 23. Prior to signing the agreement, PM Deuba had called up Dr KC and requested him to end his hunger strike.

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The agreement includes endorsement of HPE Bill through ordinance, reduce fee of TU Institute of Medicine (IoM), investigation of irregularities in medical education of TU and Kathmandu University and action against guilty, and taking into account the population, geography, among other factions before granting permission to open a new medical college.

Earlier, talks were held between the government and the representatives of agitating Dr KC. It was held among Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Education Minister, former Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa, Prof Kedar Bhakta Mathema and Dr Avishekh Raj Singh at the official residence of the Prime Minister, Baluwatar, on Wednesday after former Health Minister Thapa presented a proposal of bringing the Medical Act through ordinance.

Dr KC had been staging his 13th hunger strike since October 5 putting forth a four-point demand that includes endorsement of HPE Bill by incorporating suggestions from experts.

His demands include a 10-year moratorium on the establishment of new medical colleges in Kathmandu Valley. He has also demanded that all medical schools should comply with the fee structure set by the government.


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