6 Sep 2011

Vanuatu Government pays portion of outstanding hospital bill

10:41 am on 6 September 2011

The Vanuatu Government has paid a portion of the outstanding debts of Port Vila Hospital, abating threats to stop ambulance services.

Last week the hospital threatened to stop ambulance services if the Government failed to clear its debts, which total more than 340-thousand US dollars from January.

The hospital management says the Government has paid 110-thousand US dollars towards its bills which cover essential services including oxygen, fuel, water and electricity.

The management says 132-thousand US dollars is owed to the Unelco company which supplies water and electricity in Port Vila but says the Government has only paid 44-thousand dollars.

The financial situation of the hospital has already forced the management to cut down its services.