Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has allowed private hospitals to supply antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza to patients affected by the H1N1 influenza vrius.

Patients with body temperatures of over 38°C should be tested in private or public hospitals for the H1N1 virus, the Ministry of Health said.

The government is renewing its measures to fight the virus in line with the recommendations from the National Scientific Committee on Epidemic Diseases (NSCED), The Saudi Gazette reports.

NSCED said all bronchitis and pneumonia patients should be treated as potential H1N1 flu victims and healthcare workers who have had contact with patients should stay away from HIV and cancer patients.

The Ministry also recommended regular temperature tests for clinical staff and exemption from duties for those displaying symptoms of H1N1 until results are obtained, the news service reports.