Dr KC's supporters to picket TU VC Office today

Published On: November 23, 2016 12:50 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Demanding resignation of Dr Tirtha Raj Khaniya, the vice-chancellor of the Tribhuvan University (TU), the supporters of the Solidarity for Dr KC Alliance (SDKA) are all set to stage a protest at the TU Office on Wednesday. 

The Alliance will picket the TU VC Office at 12:00 pm on Wednesday demanding his resignation, said Dr Jivan Kshetry, president of SDKA. “We also protested in front of the office of dean at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) today [Tuesday] and submitted a memorandum demanding that Dr Govinda KC's demands be addressed,” he added.

The condition of Dr KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), was worsening on the 10th day of his hunger strike against anomalies prevailing in the medical education sector. Dr KC's health has been deteriorating by the day, according to doctors attending to him. Dr KC began his 10th fast-unto-death from November 13.

According to the National Resident Doctors' Association (NRDA, the resident doctors at TUTH continued to work by wearing black armbands for the seventh day on Tuesday. They also boycotted classroom activities, for the fourth day Tuesday to show support to Dr KC's hunger strike. There are about 300 resident doctors at TUTH.
Dr KC started his latest hunger strike after the government failed to address his demands, although it had agreed to do so. In the course of starting his 10th hunger strike, he had issued a ten-point demand. The demands include sacking TU Vice-chancellor Dr Tirtha Raj Khaniya, appointing the Institute of Medicine (IOM) dean on the basis of seniority, implementation of previous agreements, not giving affiliation to any new medical colleges before the passage of the medical education bill by parliament, forwarding the process of impeaching Lokman Singh Karki, chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), starting investigation against CIAA Commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak, and implementation of the fee structure proposed by the Mathema Commission.

However, no one in authority has officially responded to Dr KC's strike as of Tuesday.

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