By Nishant S.Gurung

Resident doctors of the Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital along with other youths staged a protest in Baluwatar of Kathmandu on Tuesday to express their solidarity with Dr Govinda KC.

Protestors stood on the road with banners that read “Dr, KC is not an individual, but a voice”, “We are with GKC”, “Save Dr GKC”, among other things.

The 19th hunger strike being staged by the veteran senior orthopedic surgeon demanding reforms in the medical education sector has reached its 23rd day and his health is deteriorating with each passing day. He is currently being administered supplementary oxygen at the TU Teaching Hospital.

Dr KC was admitted to the emergency ward at the Teaching Hospital after police on September 22 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. He had started his hunger strike in Jumla.

KC was airlifted to Nepalgunj after his health deteriorated and was admitted to Bheri Hospital while en route to Kathmandu.

Establishment of at least one state-run teaching hospital in each province, conducting MBBS classes in the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences, and an end to medical mafia are among the demands of KC.

“People see doctors protesting on behalf of Dr KC and think the reforms he’s demanding will only help the medical sector. But the changes will be beneficial for all and sundry who are deprived of access to medical care and education in rural as well as urban areas,” said Dr Dikshya Bohora from TU Teaching Hospital.

“Earlier, 17 of us were held by Nepal Police in Maitighar and were taken to Mahendra Police Club because we were expressing our solidarity with Dr KC. Demonstrators coming out in the streets in favor of our prime minister are allowed to do so in Maitighar, but when it’s a protest against the government, there’s always intervention by Nepal Police. We will keep on protesting until the authorities concerned hear our voices,” said Chetan Budhathoki, an IT Developer.

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