Nepal doc­tors end strike, re­turn to work


Thou­sands of doc­tors in Nepal re­turned to work Thurs­day end­ing a strike af­ter the gov­ern­ment bowed to their de­mands.

Chief Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Leela Mani Paudyal said he signed a writ­ten agree­ment with Dr. Govinda K.C., who has been on a hunger strike for 11 days, promis­ing to un­der­take re­forms in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and ser­vices.

The sec­re­tary was as­signed by Prime Min­is­ter Sushil Koirala to ne­go­ti­ate with the doc­tors sup­port­ing K. C. to end the strike that has crip­pled the health ser­vices.

More than 5,000 doc­tors took part in the ac­tion Wed­nes­day. Only emer­gency ser­vices were open across the Hi­malayan na­tion as the strike left most peo­ple with­out ac­cess to doc­tors.

The de­mands in­cluded an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions lined to med­i­cal col­lege per­mits.

The gov­ern­ment also pledged to open up new med­i­cal col­leges that would pro­vide cheaper ed­u­ca­tion for poor stu­dents.

Only three of Nepal’s 20 med­i­cal col­leges are run by the gov­ern- ment. The pri­vate schools charge ex­or­bi­tant fees.


Dr. Govinda K.C., who is on a hunger strike, lies on a hos­pi­tal bed at Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal in Kat­mandu, Nepal, Wed­nes­day, April 1.

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