The outpatient’s clinic in the community of Aspres, Nicosia, was closed down due to non-payment for over two years of an €811 electricity, it was reported on Thursday
According to the doctor manning the clinic, which treated mainly elderly patients, examinations over the last few months were being done literally in the dark, as the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) had cut the power due to the non-payment of €811.
The clinic has gone without power since before Easter, when the EAC cut off the supply. However, the doctor continued to see patients at the clinic every Wednesday, even as his task became difficult without any light. In addition, drugs could not be kept under the appropriate temperature, creating another dangerous situation for patients.
Daily Phileleftheros reported on Thursday that EAC officials visited the building several times before they moved to cut the power but there was no state official available at the time to help resolve the problem.
The premises that house the clinic belong to the government’s urban planning department, and since they vacated the property, the electricity bill has gone unpaid.
Health ministry official Andreas Ioannou told the Cyprus Mail that the doctor operating the clinic saw patients every Wednesday, but has had to do so under extremely difficult circumstances without electricity.
According to Ioannou, the bill has gone unpaid for about two years due to miscommunication between the health ministry and the urban planning department over who should have paid it.
As a result, the clinic’s doctor decided to close down the facility last Tuesday until the problem was resolved.
The clinic, Ioannou said, is not operated by the health ministry, but by the local authorities.
Following consultations between the relevant ministries, it was decided that the bill will be paid by the interior ministry.
“After the bill has been paid, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus will restore power and the clinic will be reopened,” Ioannou said.