KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Medical sector reforms crusader Dr Govinda KC was hospitalized on Monday after developing chest problems. He is being treated at the critical care unit (CCU) of the Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center in Maharajgunj.
According Dr Abhisekh Singh, a supporter of Dr KC’s cause, he was rushed to the hospital at around 4 am Monday. Dr KC has been kept at Bed No 215 of the CCU, the same bed used by Prime Minister KP Oli last month, according to hospital sources.
“We admitted Dr KC at CCU after he was brought to the emergency early in the morning,” said cardiologist Dr Arun Sayami, who was involved in treating Prime Minister Oli in October. “Dr KC’s condition is normal now. No symptom of heart attack has been diagnosed yet,” he said. “We are collecting results of his different examinations.”
Dr KC had suffered from a similar chest problem three years ago during his hunger strike, said Dr Sayami. “He is now under close observation as heart problem may appear suddenly on some occasions,” he added. “We will decide on Tuesday whether he should stay at hospital or be discharged.”
A team of two doctors including Dr Sayami and Dr Chandra Mani Paudel are involved in Dr KC’s treatment.
Dr KC has already staged hunger strike for over 190 days in the course of his 15 fast-unto-death protests since 2012, demanding reforms in medical sector. The 15th, longest and latest, fast-unto-death was ended on 27th day on July 26. All of the demands of Dr KC were addressed in the latest agreement.
According to the nine-point agreement signed with Dr KC on July 26, the major demands were to be addressed within 15 days to two months from the date of its signing.
However, the government has yet to implement the agreement. Dr KC has warned of staging 16th hunger strike if the government does not implement the agreement without further delay.