KARACHI: Chikungunya patients in Karachi Malir were in a worrisome state on Tuesday as the Outdoor Patient Departments (OPDs) of government hospitals were shut due to holidays announced by the provincial government.

In the wake of the disease outbreak, emergency was imposed in all the government hospitals however; a public holiday was still announced.

Saudabad’s Sindh government hospital is closed due to the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.

OPDs and laboratories are locked whereas doctors, paramedical staff and laboratory technicians are at home due to holiday.

Patients coming from far flung areas suffered adversely due to the situation.

A huge number of patients have gathered in the emergency section however; a few doctors are present there.

Patients were also not able to get their blood tested as the laboratory was closed.