ILAM, Jan 12: On the third day of his 16th fast-unto-death, Dr. Govinda KC is suffering from decreasing levels of glucose in the blood. Doctors from Ilam District Hospital had examined him after the medical education reform crusader started sweating and struggling with chest pain Friday morning.
As per the report of the doctors, Dr KC's blood glucose level was just 58 during the morning. The normal level is 70. "Dropping glucose level in the body makes a person incapable of even minor activities that need energy," said Dr. Ram Krishna Acharya, who has been examining Dr KC. "That is why he is having difficulty even going to the toilet."According to doctors, Dr KC's blood pressure is also falling. Apart from chest pain and coughing, he is also suffering from various infections. "There is a problem with his urine also," said Dr Acharya, adding," His body does not have sufficient amount of water and electrolyte."
It is speculated that Dr KC's deteriorating condition will not allow him to stage his fast-unto-death for long, said Dharma Gautam, an activist.
Meanwhile, a large number of supporters have shown solidarity with Dr KC's latest protest fast. On Friday, a large rally converged at district headquarters to show their support.
Disappointed with the parliamentary committee for approving the National Medical Education Bill that is at variance with the agreement that the government signed with him on July 26, Dr KC begun his latest hunger strike on Wednesday.
He has put forward six demands. This time, he has also demanded the arrest of the guilty in the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta in Kanchanpur.
End hunger strike and come for discussion: NembangClaiming that the medical education bill has fulfilled 95 percent of the demands pressed by Dr KC, Subash Chandra Nembang, former speaker of the lower house of parliament and deputy leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), called on him for discussions.
On July 26, Nembang, as a representative of the government, offered fruit juice to Dr. KC after he agreed to end his 15th hunger strike. "I have myself been a part of lots of agitations. Being able to accomplish 95 percent of one's demands is a huge success. He has already succeeded in bringing improvements in the medical sector," said Nembang.