National Human Rights Commission tells government to make public implementation status of past agreements Dr KCAs his fast unto death enters the 12th day his health is deteriorating with levels of potassium, magnesium and glucose getting low, the constitutional body said
The National Human Rights Commission has called on the government to make public the implementation status of the several agreements made with Dr Govinda KC, the orthopaedic surgeon, who is on his 19th hunger strike demanding reforms in medical education.
In a press statement Friday the constitutional watchdog also asked the government and social crusader to resolve the issues through dialogue. The commission said its attention has been drawn at the deteriorating health of Dr KC who is on fast-on-to-death since September 14.
The commission, which has been monitoring his health, said the level of potassium, magnesium and glucose is decreasing in his body, according to the statement.
“The commission draws the attention of the government to become sensitive towards his health and in addressing the agreement forged with him in the past,” reads the statement.
He first went on a hunger strike in July 2012 and every time he has broken his fast after various governments made promises to him but they have failed to fulfill all of them.
Establishment of at least one state-run teaching hospital in each province and conducting MBBS classes at the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences are among his demands this time.
KC, who commenced his hunger strike in Babaramasta Temple in Jumla 12-days back, was brought to Kathmandu on Tuesday.
KC agreed to come to Kathmandu, on the condition that he would continue his hunger strike at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, where he served and taught for around three decades. However, the doctor was forcibly taken to the National Trauma Centre as soon as he landed at the Kathmandu airport from Nepalgunj.
He was taken to the teaching hospital after a widespread criticism from different quarters in response to the police use of force to take him to the trauma centre. In the video that was circulating on social media on Tuesday, policemen are seen using force on KC to take him out of an ambulance as the visibly frail doctor puts up a futile protest.