The power supply to several sections of the Badulla Teaching Hospital, which was disconnected due to non-payment of electricity bills, has been restored by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).
The hospital’s electricity bill had added up to about Rs.70 million and accordingly, the CEB disconnected the power supply to the doctors’ quarters, nurses’ training center and the nurses’ hostel last morning.
However, the hospital’s administration has paid Rs. 20 million yesterday. After the hospital has informed the CEB in writing that the outstanding amount would be settled within one week, the CEB has restored the power supply.
Meanwhile, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) Uva Province Coordinator Dr. Palitha Rakapaksha said the doctors and the hospital’s staff members are gravely inconvenienced due to irresponsible management of the hospital administration.
Earlier, JVP’s former Uva Provincial Councillor Samantha Vidyaratne revealed that the Badulla Teaching Hospital’s other bill payments including its water tariffs amounting to Rs. 9.8 million have been defaulted.