Dr Govinda KC on his fast-unto-death on the eighth day of his hunger strike, on the premises of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital on Sunday. (Keshab Thoker/Republica)
KATHMANDU, July 17: The medical condition of Dr Govinda KC, who is on a fast-unto-death since the last eight days, worsened further on Sunday, doctors attending to him said.
Apart from acetone in the urine, he is low on serum magnesium and the WBC count is steadily falling.
"If it continuous to fall below the lower limit, he will be at increased risk of infections," a medical bulletin issued Sunday by Prof. Dibya Singh Shah, who is attending to Dr KC, reads.
Dr KC continues to have headaches, light-headedness, off/on chest pain and muscle cramps. The statement further said that Dr KC's blood pressure remains low and fluctuating and he needs supplemental oxygen to maintain oxygen saturation in his blood. "Considering his present situation, his condition may deteriorate further and need emergency medical management any time," the bulletin further says.
Meanwhile, medical students attending to Dr KC alleged that the members of the medical team formed by the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) administration are hardly to be seen attending to Dr KC. .
Students pursuing their MBBS or higher degrees under the Institute of Medicine (IOM) continued to shun classes on Sunday as well to pressure the authorities to fulfill the demands put forth by Dr KC.
Dr KC is on an indefinite hunger strike since the last eight days to press his four demands. These include reforms in the medical sector and the impeachment of Lokman Singh Karki, chief commissioner of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) .
He has also demanded that all seats at medical universities run by the government be made free, at least one government medical college be established in all the federal provinces, no affiliation be diven to any medical, dental or nursing college in Kathmandu Valley for the next 10 years, and fee ceilings be implemented from this year as fixed by the Ministry of Education, the universities and Nepal Medical Council.
Dr KC has also demanded recall of the bill tabled at Parliament to turn the Manmohan Medical College into an academy, and the implementation of past agreements.