Govt fails to find cure for Teaching Hospital

KATHMANDU: Politics continued to reign supreme in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital even as a senior doctor battled against politicisation in the health sector and entered fifth day of his fast-unto-death today. Dr KC has been on a hunger strike for the past five days demanding merit-based appointments in the Institute of Medicine and action against officials found guilty of irregularities. Despite Dr Govinda KC’s health deteriorating, the stakeholders continued to wrangle over the appointment of the dean at IoM. A meeting of the TU Executive Council failed to pick a new dean today as well.
A senior doctor at TUTH told this daily seeking anonymity that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has finalised the name of Dr Prakash Sayami as the new dean and that a selection committee at the hospital has approved it. But there was conflict of interest in the TU Executive Council and as a result the government stopped short of making public the decision of appointing Dr Sayami’s as the new chief.

But TU Vice-chancellor Hira Bahadur Maharjan ruled out the appointment. “A search committee formed under Dr Ritu Prasad Gadtaula at TUTH has not provided the final name list,” said Maharjan. When contacted, Dr Gadtaula said his team was still working to finalise the names recommended for the dean, but refused to go in details. “A decision will be taken by Saturday,” said Dr Gadtaula.
But Education Minister Dina Nath Sharma told this daily that he had received three names for the dean’s post and that one of them will be chosen on seniority basis .

Dr KC’s health deteriorating
KATHMANDU: Health condition of Dr Govinda KC, who is on fast-unto-death, has further deteriorated, said Dr Prem Khadka who is attending to him. “He is being administered saline drip since 1:00pm today,” said Dr Khadka. “Dr KC is suffering from low blood pressure, muscle cramps and starvation, but he has refused to take medicines.”

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