Thursday, March 26, 2015

GKC Protest Update: Day 5: Protest venue turns into pilgrimage to citizens tired of impunity

With five precious days lost, the govt has once again failed to bring the crisis to a halt in time. That has wasted the precious opportunity to settle the issue before impact on health services across the country becomes inevitable.

As I had warned earlier, the govt seems adamant at inviting confrontation with the medical fraternity. But this time around, the entire spectrum of society appears to be increasingly voicing its support to the cause led by Prof KC.

Throughout the week, the protest site has been transformed into a pilgrimage for citizens from all walks of life who simply come, join their palms, bend reverently in front of KC sir (who is often drowsy to asleep) and leave. Many vent their frustration at the lawlessness and impunity they have to face daily. Many ask how they can help.

The register kept for entering the name of people in solidarity to the protest is about to be filled. There are emotional and touching messages in the pages. They all say: I am with you.

Sir has been overwhelmed by the show of support and cannot avoid talking with many of them for minutes on end leading to bouts of tachycardia.


Well, that is all to say about positive developments.

The bad news is troubling. He is developing new symptoms like frequency of urine, dizziness and generalized discomfort. Blood pressure and electrolyte are in downward trajectory and the overall health is approaching a risky zone.

Civil society leader Debendra Raj Pandey, singer Amrit Gurung and journalist Kanak Dixit were there to meet him today. A team from National Human Rights Commission also came and met him.

Meanwhile the interaction program today involving the representatives from resident bodies of IOM, NAMS and BPKIHS, Govt Doctor's Association (GODAN) and Professor's Association at IOM has concluded that tomorrow is the last day they will wait on the sidelines. They have also decided to ask NMA to lead the movement from the front as in the past.

NRDA at IOM has decided to withdraw from OPD services tomorrow itself and more protests will surely follow from Sunday.

Meanwhile, the doctors and medical students from across the country are calling to ask how they can contribute and are now mulling over the protest options.

And finally the other side is giving really bizarre statements: here and here. Keep tuned for more updates and do not forget to listen BBC Nepali Sewa this Saturday evening. Most importantly, the doctors and medical students from across the country, keep yourself ready for any kind of involvement you'll be asked for shortly.


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