A man holds a pair of crutches in front of the closed door of the philanthropic hospital Santa Casa of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 23, 2014. The Santa Casa hospital, the largest philanthropic hospital in Latin America, interrupts the urgency and emergency service from Tuesday night due to the lack of money to buy medicines and materials. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)
SAO PAULO, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Santa Casa de Misericordia, the largest non-profit hospital in Latin America based in Sao Paulo, announced its suspension of emergency care Wednesday due to a lack of funds.
The hospital owes suppliers 50 million reals (22.6 million U.S. dollars) and lacks basic supplies as suppliers deny more deliveries unless outstanding bills are paid, hospital administrator Kalil Rocha Abdalla told reporters.
"We have no needles, no bandages, so we have no choice but to close," Abdalla added.
Shortly after the announcement, the local government pledged to release some 3 million reals (1.35 million U.S. dollars) to help the hospital resume its emergency care while calling for an audit of the facility's finances.