The National Centre for Disease Control announced on Thursday the registration of more than 5,000 cases of leishmaniasis skin disease in the past 6 months.

The official in the centre, Ahmed Al-Qarari clarified that a new shipment of leishmaniasis treatment is to arrive soon, explaining that most cases were recorded in the areas between Misurata and Tawergha.

"The first outbreak of the disease was in the eighties of the last century. The latest outbreak was recorded in 2006 but this time on a larger scale," Qarari explained.

He also disclosed that the World Health Organization (WHO) has supplied part of the drug for leishmaniasis treatment from India, confirming that a new batch of medication is due next week.