The Indian Government has called on a number of private hospitals to help test and treat the increasing number of H1N1 influenza A cases to reduce the pressure on government hospitals.

Eleven private hospitals have been accredited by the government in the state of Karnataka to treat suspected H1N1 influenza (swine flu) cases, The Hindu reports.

These hospitals have been provided with 100 Tamiflu tablets while district hospitals have been given 50 to 100 tablets.

The move is expected to increase the state’s capacity to tackle swine flu cases by an eight-to-ten-fold increase, government officials said.

The country has reported 864 laboratory-confirmed H1N1 cases as of 9 August 2009.