Incident Reports

Rupandehi: Health workers stage hunger strike in Bhim Hospital


The health workers and other employees of Bhim Hospital in Bhairahawa started a hunger strike on September 1 demanding righteous and respectful treatment towards them by the hospital administration.  The health workers were agitated after the hospital administration demanded justification from the employees who took to social media about the respectful treatment of health workers. They had shown their dissatisfaction in the Viber group after the hospital felicitated people who helped manage oxygen cylinders during the COVID crisis in a formal program excluding health workers. 

They condemned Medical Superintendent Shakuntala Gupta for asking justification with the employees and blamed her for threatening them to rusticate from their job. The demands include providing equal facilities to health workers and employees appointed by the hospital management committee, as permanent employees, quick remuneration of  COVID risk allowance and transfer of medical superintendent. 

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Strike/Bandh
Primary Cause Other governance issues
Secondary Cause Freedom of Expression
Actor 1 - Number of people Not Available
Actor 1 - Affiliations Health sector/health workers, doctors
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people Not Available
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Health sector/health workers, doctors
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media