Ministry of Health releases report on swine flu

August 17, 2009

Approximately 2,000 people in Saudi Arabia have contracted the H1N1 virus (swine flu), an official report said today, with 95 percent of them having already recovered. Fourteen people have died of the disease in the Kingdom.

Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Khalid Mirghalani noted that despite the rapid outbreak of swine flu worldwide, its spread in Saudi Arabia has been moderate and is under control, thanks to the strict and transparent measures taken by the government. Following the orders of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Ministry of Health has ensured that the guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO) for combating swine flu have been followed. The King has also instructed that all patients be treated at the expense of the state, without exception.

Dr. Mirghalani added that Saudi Arabia will be among the first countries in the world to acquire the H1N1-A vaccine, once it is approved by the WHO.