KATHMANDU: After the government promised to address all his demands, senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC who has been on a fast-unto-death for the past eight days ended his death strike on Saturday.
Dr KC ended his fast by receiving juice from Dr Suwarna Adhikari and a medical student Bipin Ghimire this afternoon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).
An agreement has also been signed among Dr KC, Education Secretary Narayan Gopal Malego and Institute of Medicine Dean Dr Rakesh Prasad Srivastav.
He had been demanding to appoint a new dean at the Institute of Medicine (IoM) on the basis of seniority, stop granting affiliation to medical colleges in urban areas, autonomy for IoM and action against Tribhuvan University (TU) Vice-Chancellor, Rector, Registrar, who according to him were corrupt and influenced by “medical mafia”.
Veteran Dr Govinda KC ended his first round of 14-day hunger strike on January 24 after a task force led by Krishna Hari Banskota Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers assured KC of fulfilling all of his demands.
The hullabaloo started at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) again after Dr KC resumed his second round of hunger strike on February 8 accusing the government of dilly-dallying in addressing his demands.
Following the protest of faculty and resident doctors in the TUTH as well as across the country expressing solidarity with Dr KC’s fast, the Tribhuvan University appointed Dr Rakesh Prasad Srivastiv as the new dean of the IoM as per the seniority on Wednesday.
Earlier on Thursday, newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala directed Chief Secretary Lila Mani Paudel and Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Krishna Hari Baskota to explore possibilities of granting autonomy to the Institute of Medicine (IoM), as demanded by Dr Govinda KC.
Following the instruction, the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) asked TU officials to prepare a report on the matter within 15 days.
With inputs from our reporter Kritagya Regmi.