July 28, 2017
Finally, the government has responded to the agitating Dr. Govinda KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and a social activist.
The government has formed a three-member committee to hold talks with Govinda on his demand for immediate endorsement of the Health Profession Education policy.
The three-member team led by the Education Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha includes Health Secretary Kiran Regmi and PMO Secretary Gopi Mainali as its members.
Demanding an end to prevalent issues in the country’s medical sector, Govinda has been on fast-unto-death at TUTH, Maharajgunj in Kathmandu. This is the 11th such hunger strike by Govinda, over the years, in his fight for reforms and ending anomalies in the Nepali medical sector.
With Govinda’s health deteriorating, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) appealed to the government to save Govinda’s life.
Govinda’s primary demand is for mandatory enrolment of meritorious students in private medical colleges that are enrolling candidates with low marks by collecting high fees.
Immediate endorsement of the Health Profession Education Bill (HPEC), granting authority to the Institute of Medicine to enroll students, set fees and grant affiliation, de-affiliation of medical colleges that defy directives of government and court are among Govinda’s key demands.