Nepalese Doctor Stages Hunger Strike To Demand Quality Medical Education



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KATHMANDU, March 23 (Bernama) - A senior Nepalese doctor on Sunday began a hunger strike to demand quality medical education and an end to irregularities in private medical colleges in Nepal.

Dr Govinda KC, senior orthopedic surgeon and professor at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), launched a "fast unto death" in the premises of TUTH.

"My hunger strike is intended to maintain quality medical education and eradicate 'mafia control' over medical services in the country," he said.

This is Dr KC's fifth hunger strike.

"I ended my hunger strike earlier following the government's commitment to meet my demands. The government did not live up to its own commitment, compelling me to once again stage a fast," Dr KC told reporters.

Dr KC is demanding that action be taken against officials found granting permission to private medical colleges failing to meet required criteria, maintaining teaching quality in medical collges, a national medical education policy, and moving medical colleges from urban to rural areas.

The doctor has set a ten-day ultimatum for the government to meet his demands which expired last Saturday.