Via HaitiLibre.com: Health : Outbreak of Chikungunya, gold business for some. Excerpt:
Since the confirmation of cases of Chikungunya by the Ministry of Health, May 6, the Ministry said to have identified 5,155 cases in Haiti, 70% in the West department.
Recall that the Chikungunya is an infectious disease caused by an arbovirus of the family "Togaviridae" transmitted by mosquitoes. This disease is characterized by fever sudden onset and high, excruciating joint pain particularly in the hands and feet, feeling very tired, headache, sometimes accompanied by rashes and nausea.
People with these symptoms (including fever for more than 5 days) should consult in a hospital or health center. Chikungunya is not fatal, but it can aggravate pre-existing disease. Pregnant women, people over 60 years and infants are at greater risk. Please note that There is no effective drug against chikungunya.
The treatment of the disease is only symptomatic and relies mainly on the administration of drugs painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs such as paracetamol treatment. Diclofenac and Aspirin should be avoided because of the risk of hemorrhage.
In health centers and pharmacies, people form long queues seeking care or medication a situation that has attracted the interest of crooks, who do not hesitate to propose in the street paracetamol counterfeit, while the price of the orignal medicine in packs of 10 tablets, in some pharmacies has undergone an "opportunistic" increase of over 200%!
Before this deplorable situation, the Ministry of Health issued a statement to the population
"The Ministry of Public Health and Population inform the public in general that counterfeit paracetamol is sold in the streets.
It urges you to buy your medicines in pharmacies recognized by the MSPP. The latter have a certificate of authorization blue displayed inside.
The Ministry is asking owners and managers of pharmacies to respect the price, as they were before the outbreak of Chikungunya, to facilitate access of the drug to small grants.
Any offender will fall under the sanctions of the law for this purpose."
The minister Florence Guillaume Duperval, confirmed that a fumigation campaign at the national level was launched by the Ministry to deal with this epidemic. A training session has already been done for dozens of trainers thanks to support from PAHO / WHO. They will train the executives of the departmental directorates and will train new providers.
All information has also been forwarded in the various hospitals and health centers in the country to make aware physicians and members of the population, of different measures to fight against chikungunya. All health departments in the country have the equipment needed to fight the disease.
Moreover, within a few days, the ministry will be able to achieve in Haiti, of tests to detect specimens, finally, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works, began a campaign of destruction of breeding sites in several departments of the country.