KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda Kc, who is on his 17th hunger strike for reforms in medical education, was admitted to Dadeldhura Hospital on Friday evening, following some problems with his state of health.
Dr KC, who is on hunger strike to press a seven-point demand, was admitted to the hospital in the presence of Sudupaschim Provincial Assembly Member Karna Bahadur Malla and officials from the district administration office (DAO). Dr KC will continue the fast-unto-death at the hospital, said his brother Kishor KC.
According to Dr Jitendra Kandel, the acting medical director of the hospital, Dr KC was hospitalized because of some problems with his condition. “The hospital doesn't have enough doctors to treat its patients. But Dr KC is staging his protest in Dadeldhura. So, it is our responsibility to take care of him also,” he said.
Dr. KC was fasting unto death in a flat located right above a pharmacy. The house is just 100 meters from Dadeldhura hospital. Locals tried to make Dr KC's room warmer after he started facing problems two days into his hunger strike . But his condition didn't improve.
Dr. Kandel said Dr.KC started experiencing problems largely because his room was cold . On the third day of his hunger strike he could no longer speak.
In October, Dr. KC had asked the government to fulfill the agreements it had reached with him earlier . One of his demands is for the setting up of a medical college in Doti. He has also demanded the fulfillment of the demands of health workers in public hospitals in the far western development region.
The sons of Dr. KC's brother Kishore said their uncle could have raised his voice right from his hometown but staged his strike from a different part of the country to give an added edge to the popular demands that he is championing.