Swine flu clinic opens

The government has established a temporary hospital in Nassandhura to treat people suspected of having swine flu, after doctors at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) were swamped with patients, reports Miadhu.

The health ministry said the temporary out patient department, set up in an old hotel, would provide free treatment including the antiviral drug Tamiflu that is believed to be effective in preventing the H1N1 virus.

The Nassadhura facility will also be equipped to test patients for the virus.

The World Health Organisation reports that over 1000 people a week are dying from the virus.