Doctor’s hunger strike cripples health services across Nepal

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2015 00:03 IST

Health services across Nepal remained affected on Wednesday due to a strike called by doctors in support of a senior colleague who is on fast seeking overhaul of the medical education sector.

Out-patient departments (OPDs) of all government hospitals and several private hospitals remained closed and only emergency services were allowed to function by the Nepal Medical Association (NMA). The strike has affected thousands of patients at establishments like Bir Hospital in Kathmandu and the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan in eastern Nepal.

Doctor’s associated with NMA have vowed to continue the strike till the government agrees to the demands of Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon and teacher at the government-run Institute of Medicine (IOM).

KC has been on hunger strike since March 22 in protest against political interference in the health sector and the alleged irregularities in granting of affiliation to private medical colleges.

Despite several rounds of meetings between the doctor, government ministers and officials there has been no agreement on all his demands. His condition is stated to be critical. This is the fifth time the senior doctor has resorted to hunger strike.

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