The National Hospital, Abuja was on Tuesday sealed off by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board over N7.7m debt for waste disposal.
The hospital was sealed off following an order by a Federal Capital Territory Chief Magistrate for failing to pay for waste disposal services rendered.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of Ministerial Task Team on the recovery of N9bn owed the AEPB, Shehu Lawan, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Sule.
The statement said the court had earlier issued summons three times, which were served on the Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital to appear before it, but he allegedly failed to do so.
It added that the Chief Magistrate Court II presided over by Mrs. Chinyere Nwecheonwu on June 22, 2016 ordered the sealing of the National Hospital and subsequently, adjourned the case to July 13, 2016 for hearing.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Ms. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, had on June 30 directed all government institutions indebted to the AEPB Abuja Environmental to pay their debts or risk having a chunk of their overhead expenditure deducted from the first line charge.
The National Hospital has, however, been reopened following payment of the debts owed AEPB, the statement said.