Karachi: Around 40 telephone connections of financially-starved Karachi Metrpolitan Corporation’s (KMC) Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) have been disconnected due to non-payment of bills.
An official of the ASH, who wished not to be quoted, said that KMC could not clear the hospital’s last few months’ telephone charges that have now soared to around Rs2 million.
The KMC’s finance department, he added, had issued a cheque of Rs 0.5m to the hospital’s administration for clearing its outstanding telephone charges, but the cheque was reportedly dishounoured, forcing the telephone department to sever the hospital’s telephone connctions.
Confirming that telephone connections of the hospital had been disconnected over non-payment of bills, KMC’s senior director health & medical services Dr Salma Kausar said that the telephone connections of the health facility would be restored in a couple of days.
Meanwhile, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has also asked the hospital’s
administration to clear outstanding gas charges within few days, or else the gas utility will have no choice but to disconnect its gas connection.