Dr. Govinda KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at Nepal’s Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), and professor at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), was compelled to start his 13th hunger strike on 5 October 2017, after the government failed to meet its agreements from the previous 12 hunger strikes. Dr. KC has been staging hunger strikes at the TUTH premises in Maharajganj, Kathmandu to put pressure on the government to end anomalies in the country’s medical sector, including medical education. Dr. KC had ended his last hunger strike after 23 days. He began his first hunger strike demanding reforms in medical education in July 2012.
The demands that Dr. KC started his 13th fast-unto-death with, are the same four-point demands previously raised: that the government enact the Medical Education Act in the spirit of the Mathema taskforce recommendations; endorse the Health Profession Education Bill from Parliament; impose a 10-year suspension on medical colleges in Kathmandu Valley; and, strictly enforce the government setting fee structure for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) education. Dr. KC has also urged the public to launch a protest for upholding the dignity of the judiciary, and taking action against corrupt politicians and government officials.
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