WHO advises immediate medication

Update: 6:02PM THE World Health Organization says health facilities have been advised to prescribe the necessary antibiotics immediately prior to having the laboratory results for meningococcal disease.

WHO said these antibiotics are safe and will not cause harm to the patient.

“Whilst obtaining blood tests are necessary to confirm cases of meningococcal disease, these tests take approximately 1 � 2 days,” the organisation staid in a statement. 

“These antibiotics are safe and will not cause harm to the patient if they instead have dengue, typhoid or flu, all which are much less deadly diseases.”

Meanwhile, 38 cases of meningococcal disease have been recorded in the country from January 1 to March 29.