Fri, 23 Feb, 2024

Are Dr. K.C.'s Demands Genuine?

By Raju Shrestha

Photo Courtesy: A senior orthopedic surgeon Dr. Govinda KC of Tribhuvan University Teaching hospital is consistently taken a stance against the medical mafia and prevalence of malpractice in the medical education system of Nepal. He wants to make medical education and medical services be affordable and encompass everyone rather than make it a money-oriented profession. Medical field is such a field in which the medical professionals must have the feeling of serving the patient properly without any delay, provide the information about diagnosis and treatment to the patient so that they can understand, listen to the patient keeping aside their personal problem, be helpful rather than be aggressive, and be dutiful toward their profession. If a medical professional lacks any these characteristics then he/she should not be considered as a good professional. And medical educational is such a field which should be achievable for everyone rather than being the education for the rich people. Everyone should have equal rights to study in this field and it should be at a low cost or free of cost so that the poor people can also get the chance of getting a medical education and serve the society. In rest of the world, all the people have equal rights to get quality health service for free or at a low price so that they should not be compelled to pay a huge amount of money in private hospitals. But, what is happening in Nepal, do you know? Medical education can only be afforded by rich people rather than a good student from a poor family. Poor students who are good in study, never get the chance to get a medical education due to their economic limitations. Moreover, people out of the Kathmandu valley are compelled to come to Kathmandu to get health services. Hence, they are compelled to spend more money for food and shelter while staying in Kathmandu. They are also compelled to pay a high amount to private hospitals due to the negligence of medical professionals in government hospitals; even for a small health case, they have to wait a few days to weeks. Every day we have to listen to the news that people from rural areas die due to simple reasons like negligence of medical professionals, lack of medicine, lack of blood, lack of nutrition, lack of awareness, delay in reaching the hospital, treatment taken from quack medical professionals and so on. Have you ever thought why this happens? The reasons are due to lack of strict laws, security given to the quack medical professionals from the government and corruption. There is no any concrete rule for establishing a medical college. If anyone with a huge amount of money can establish a medical college and hospital then there is no one to stop them. This is one the reason why most of the big hospitals and medical colleges are located in Kathmandu valley. Furthermore, while taking admission, these colleges are taking the students who are able to provide them a huge amount of money rather than taking good students. These medical colleges, rather than providing quality education, are more concerned with producing as many graduates as possible. And, these produced medical professionals do not want to go to rural areas to serve the patients. After finishing their medical degree they want to stay at Kathmandu or urban areas to earn huge amount of money rather than provide quality service to the patients. Dr. K.C is protesting this kind of negligence by the government. Dr. KC, protesting against the government, is on fast until death. His health condition is gradually declining due to repeated fasting. Dr. K.C wants to bring change to the medical system and reform the medical education system so that it can be reachable to everyone and the health facilities be accessible in rural areas. If the government supports him, there is no doubt of getting quality health treatment encompassing poor people and accessible medical education. His demands are good and respectable for everyone so we must support him otherwise, there will be no guarantee that we are getting quality health service and producing qualified medical professionals.