Dr Govinda KC continues 19th hunger strike from Tribhuvan University Teaching HospitalThe orthopaedic surgeon was allowed to move out from the National Trauma Center, where he was forcibly taken by police on Tuesday afternoon as soon as he landed at Kathmandu airport from Nepalgunj, in the evening.
Dr Govinda KC was admitted to the emergency ward at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital after Police on Tuesday evening allowed him to move out from the National Trauma Center where he was taken forcibly in the afternoon as soon as he landed at the Kathmandu airport from Nepalgunj.
Pritam Subedi, an aide to KC, said the doctor reached the teaching hospital at around 7pm and that he would continue his hunger strike there. “I am at the emergency ward of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital,” Dr KC told the Post over the phone.
Earlier in the day, police had taken Dr KC, the orthopaedic surgeon who has been on numerous fasts campaigning for reforms in the medical education sector, forcibly to the National Trauma Center, according to Himalaya Karki, an aide to the 63-year-old surgeon. However, he was allowed to move out from the trauma center in the evening.
“Dr KC was taken to the trauma center in an ambulance by the police from the Kathmandu airport,” Karki had earlier told the Post. “That ambulance was supposed to take him to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj, but authorities had made a plan to take KC to the trauma center instead.”
The Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhari, later wrote on their official facebook page that police had helped to take Dr KC to the trauma center regarding his health condition as per the advice of doctors. “We respect the contributions made by Dr KC in the medical field for Nepal and Nepalis,” says the post.
A video of police taking out Dr KC forcibly of an ambulance at the trauma center went viral on social media.
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According to Karki, KC refused to receive any treatment in the trauma center and urged the authorities to let him go to the teaching hospital.
KC had started his 19th hunger strike demanding reforms in medical education last Monday in Jumla.
Although he was forcibly admitted to the intensive care unit at the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences and Teaching Hospital on Saturday, he had refused to receive treatment.
KC had said that he would continue his hunger strike at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu instead of Jumla fearing that the situation there could become tense like two years ago.
In 2018, security forces had barged into Karnali Academy of Health Sciences, where KC was shifted by his supporters, and taken him to Kathmandu by force. Clashes had ensued on the academy premises, as KC’s supporters tried to stop the security forces.
KC was airlifted to Nepalgunj on Monday after his health deteriorated and was admitted to Bheri Hospital while en route to Kathmandu.
Last month, security agencies had imposed restrictions on the movements of KC who had been providing medical services to the people in remote areas of Jumla. He was forced to abandon his healthcare mission and remain indoors.
The orthopaedic surgeon has won public accolades for standing up against corrupt leaders and political meddling in the country's medical education sector.
While successive governments had assured him of addressing his demands over the years, none of them really took an earnest initiative to reform the country's medical education sector.
Establishment of at least one state-run teaching hospital in each province and conducting MBBS classes in the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences are among the demands of KC.