Dr KC defers hunger strike for a week

Published On: September 19, 2016 09:25 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Dr Govinda KC, who was set to begin another hunger strike from Monday, has put his protest plan on hold for a week.  

Dr KC, a senior professor at the Institute of Medicine (IoM), had warned of mounting a fresh hunger strike if the government failed to implement the agreements reached with him in the past for reforming the medical sector. 

His ultimatum given to the government ended on September 18. 

Dr KC said on Monday that he would give the government another week to consider his demands. He postponed the strike after the government, organizing a press conference on Monday, expressed a commitment to implement three of the agreed points.

Nearly two months ago, Dr KC called off his 16-day long hunger strike after the government signed a four-point agreement with him.

Dr KC has again warned to start another round of fast-unto-death if the government does not initiate the process to impeach Lok Man Singh Karki, chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

Demanding reform in the medical education sector, Dr KC has already staged fast-unto-death eight times in the last four years.

Dr KC, who is a senior orthopedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj, has given the government one week's time to fulfill the past pacts. 

A couple of weeks ago, Dr KC has said that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who had assured him of taking steps to fulfill the past agreements when he was not in power, of conspiring to give affiliations to medical colleges run by people close to him.

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