HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Kidney patients, on a relay hunger strike for the last 10 days, have formed a five-member committee for talks with the Ministry of Health and Population after getting an invite from the latter for a meeting on Friday.
The committee has Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, head of the transplant unit at the Bir Hospital, as facilitator.
Ramesh Chalise, acting president of the Nepal Kidney Society, said they have registered a letter of interest at the ministry for discussions on their demands.
The ministry will probably invite us for a meeting on Tuesday, said Chalise, adding that, despite frail health, kidney patients will continue with their hunger strike unless the government addresses their demands.
He informed that some of the patients have also been admitted to the Bir Hospital for emergency care.
The society had forwarded a 17-point charter of demands to the government, which includes financial assistance of one million rupees for each kidney patient in need of transplant, formulation of laws to let individuals donate organs, transplant of kidneys of brain dead patients, establishment of haemodialysis centres in each district.