Dr. Agrawal appointed IOM dean Dr. KC to end hunger strike


Kathmandu, Dec. 4: Senior orthopaedic surgeon of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) Dr. Govinda KC has agreed to end his three-week-long fast-unto-death following the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jagadish Prasad Agrawal as the dean of the Institute of Medicine (IoM) Saturday.

Dr. KC will break his hunger strike Sunday morning on the 22th day of his hunger strike.

Dr. Agrawal was appointed to the post based on seniority effective from Saturday.

The government has also agreed to address the other demands of Dr. KC, who has been on his 10th round of hunger strike for the last 21 days, demanding appointment of IoM’s dean based on seniority, resignation of TU Vice Chancellor Tirtha Khania and reforms in the medical education sector.

As per a 12-point agreement between him and the government, the latter will form an independent commission in the next three weeks to look into all outstanding issues and malpractices in the medical colleges. The agreements are to be approved by the first meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Tribhuvan University (TU) had formed a probe committee led by Dr. Kumud Kumar Kafle to recommend the dean after Dr. KP Singh tendered his resignation from the post Friday afternoon.

The committee led by Dr. Kafle had recommended the names of three doctors, including that of Dr. Agrawal, for the post Friday evening.

The committee also recommended the ‘criteria’ to be applied while appointing IoM’s dean in the future.

Once the criteria come into effect, the row in appointing IoM’s dean will come to an end, said Health Secretary Dr. Senendra Raj Upreti.

Health Minister Gagan Thapa, Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi, Health Secretary Upreti and representatives of Dr. KC had taken initiatives to appoint Dr. Agrawal as the IoM dean at the midnight of Friday in a bid to end Dr. KCs’ hunger strike.

Earlier, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda had instructed the concerned authorities to bring to an end Dr. KC’s strike by Friday.

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