Port-Au-Prince - Haiti has received a large shipment of treatment packets to help it deal with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya amid a rainy season expected to result in a surge of new cases in the country, officials said.
The treatment kits provided by medical aid group Direct Relief include oral rehydration packs, mosquito spray and the pain reliever acetaminophen for a disease that has sickened tens of thousands of people in recent months.
Haiti is receiving 6.1 million Defined Daily Doses, considered enough to treat one million people.
Haitian First Lady Sophia Martelly and Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume announced the delivery at a ceremony in Cite Soleil and said the kits would be distributed to treatment centres around the country.
Haiti has had more than 65 000 suspected cases of chikungunya this year, according to the Pan American Health Organisation. Health authorities have said many cases in the country have likely gone unreported since so many people do not have access to health care. The neighbouring Dominican Republic has reported more than 430 000 cases.