Oman Considers Using Private Clinics to Treat Flu Cases

10 August 2009 (Last Updated August 10th, 2009 18:30)

Oman's health officials have said they are considering the use of private healthcare facilities to help test and treat the increasing number of H1N1 influenza A cases in the country, the Oman Daily Observer reports. Private clinics are not yet authorised to administer Tamiflu and a

Oman's health officials have said they are considering the use of private healthcare facilities to help test and treat the increasing number of H1N1 influenza A cases in the country, the Oman Daily Observer reports.

Private clinics are not yet authorised to administer Tamiflu and are not equipped with the Teflon swabs and a viral transport medium required to transfer samples to the government laboratory for testing, the news service said.

Involving major well-established health clinics in H1N1 testing would assist the government and increase the country's capacity in dealing with the pandemic, according to officials.

The country has reported 250 laboratory-confirmed H1N1 cases so far.