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Dr KC ends hunger strike

Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) ended his eighth hunger strike by taking juice offered by five-year-old patient Saroj Nepali, monk Tsewang Norbu Lama and Anita Devi Mahato at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) Monday.
Dr KCended his longest ever hunger strike a day after representatives of Dr KC and the government signed a four-point agreement.
According to the agreement reached between Dr KC and the government, the latter will make necessary amendments to the Health Profession Education Commission Bill  that calls for free medical seats in government medical colleges and establish medical colleges in each province. Likewise, the government will buy the infrastructure of the Manamohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences and the infrastructure of the institute will be used by National Academy of Medical Sciences. Similarly, the government will not grant permission to open new medical and nursing colleges in Kathmandu Valley for next 10 years.  Likewise, the bill will include a provision to have at least one government medical college in each province.
It was the eighth and longest hunger strike of Dr KC. KC broke earlier strike from 4th to 14th day but this time he continued his strike for 16 days. KC’s demand included reforms in the medical education sector and impeachment of CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki. Surprisingly, only a few lawmakers reached TU Teaching Hospital to see Dr KC this time while many lawmakers from NC and UML had reached the hospital when the bodies of dons Chari and Ghaite were kept there for postmortem.
During   his 16-day hunger strike, Nepali society was polarized into two groups with public supporting KC while the operators of the private medical colleges and UML activists, leaders and supporters opposing the strike.
“I staged hunger strike to ensure quality education and healthcare services for all. Let’s see whether the agreements will be implemented or not,” he said adding, “Stern protest programs will be launched if the agreements are not implemented,” Dr KC said after breaking his fast.
Dr KC had launched an indefinite strike from July 10 demanding reform in the medical education sector and impeachment of Lokman Singh Karki, the chief commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). He agreed to end his strike Sunday night after reaching a four-point agreement with the government.

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