By Sony Shakya, KATHMANDU: Youths started their second hunger strike in Basantapur Durbar Square Premises demanding better COVID- 19 responses from the government. As the government failed to fulfill all the demands mentioned in the agreement after the first hunger strike.
“Enough is Enough” campaign hunger strike started in Patan durbar Square on 26th June. On 7th July, day 12 of hunger strike the government and campaigners (youth groups) had an agreement to handle the Covid-19 pandemic in a better manner. The government had signed a 12-point agreement for better COVID -19 response.
The 12- point agreement included increasing polymerase chain reaction(PCR) tests to at least ten thousand per day, doing away with the Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT), Compulsorily quarantining people returning from abroad for a minimum of five days and releasing them only after testing, tracing contacts of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and testing them, ensuring dignity and safety of health workers and making the transparency in the pandemic related expenditures.
The agreement had been signed after Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli visited the two campaigners admitted at the hospital after their health worsened.
The Ministry of Health and Population had agreed to fulfill all these demands within seven days and two youths ended their hunger strike.
However, the solution demanded by the youths for the better Covid-19 response is not fulfilled yet. The hunger strike was resumed by youth campaigners from 18th July . It is open hunger strike participation, almost 100 relay participants have joined the satyagraha till date.
According to the campaigners, they are not willing to sit down for a discussion with the government this time, they will go as far as they can till the concrete action for a better COVID- 19 response comes from the Government’s side.
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