Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:08 pm, Nepal

Agitating Docs rendering OPD services from Tundikhel

मेचीकाली : 2014-01-23 17:10:06

KATHMANDU, JAN 23 - Agitating doctors who have already halted Out Patient Department ( OPD ) services backing a fast-onto-death launched by Prof Dr Govinda KC have started delivering free OPD services from the open air theater, Tundikhel, since Thursday morning. 


They are delivering health services by pitching a tent there. OPD services include general health checkups of patients.  Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital ( TUTH ) Prof Dr KC is on a fast onto-death since January 11 with a seven-point demand that includes reforms in the entire health sector and an end to all sorts of misconducts existing there.

 Around 300 doctors, nurses and lab health assistants of Bir Hospital , TUTH , Maternity Hospital, Patan Hospital and Teku are rendering medical services under a tent.  Surgery, orthopedics, dental, eye, mental and maternity and dermatology services are available at the open free health camp named Doctors with People and People with Prof Dr KC. Perhaps this is the first ever practice in the medical history of Nepal


 According to camp coordinator Prof Dr Mangal Rawal, over 2,000 people visited the camp until this afternoon. Our move is for providing services to patients and controllingcorruptions in the health sector, he said. He warned to continue protests until all demands of KC are addressed. It is our professional ethnic to give services to patients and we have not forgot such ethic and launched OPD services here, he said. Its our compulsion not interests, he added.


The Wednesdays meeting of TU Executive Council decided to withdraw an appointment of Dr Shashi Sharma as the Dean of Institute of Medicine. Prof Dr KC who went to a hunger strike following the appointment of Dr Sharma to the post declined to break his hunger citing his demands are not met yet. The Nepal Medical Association who announced the programmes of protest expressing solidarity to KCs move have not taken back the protest saying the demands are genuine. 

 Association president Prof Dr Anjani Kumar Jha said that Dr KC s demands were justified and that the doctors strike would not be withdrawn until all his demands were fulfilled. He added that since the NMA has already asked the doctors to resign en masse, the government should take the responsibility if the doctors take to the street to have Dr KCs demands met.  NMA former president Dr Kedar Narsingh KC has said Dr KCs health was deteriorating and becoming serious. "I met him in the morning today and found him not able to speak," he said.

 Doctors are holding demonstrations in the hospital premises today also closing the OPD services at the government and private hospitals  in the Kathmandu Valley today also in support of Dr KCs demands.


Nurses too have started demonstrations from today.

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