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COVID-19: Naval officer escapes from treatment centre to smoke weed

 

A Naval officer simply identified as SM Ahmadu has allegedly fled from a Coronavirus isolation center in Oghara, Delta state.

CANDIIDONLINE reports that the naval officer who was brought to the isolation center on May 1, 2020, escaped from the facility on Saturday, May 9 after threatening doctors and nurses with a jackknife.

The naval officer allegedly fled from the isolation center after several attempts he made to smoke marijuana was met not by stiff resistance of authorities.

An eyewitness, who spoke anonymously, narrated that the naval officer was armed with a knife and other dangerous weapon which he used in threatening the doctors and the security before he escaped.

“He came to the isolation centre with a knife, it was this knife he used to chase the security manning the gates before escaping.” he said.

Governor lfeanyi Okowa’s spokesperson, Ehiedu Anagwu said the naval officer has been reported to the military authorities. Naval personnel within Delta have also been told to be on the look out for Ahmadu.

According to health and safety experts, smoking marijuana occasionally can increase one’s risk for more severe complications from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“What happens to your airways when you smoke cannabis is that it causes some degree of inflammation, very similar to bronchitis, very similar to the type of inflammation that cigarette smoking can cause.

“Now you have some airway inflammation and you get an infection on top of it. So, yes, your chance of getting more complications is there.” said Pulmonologist Dr. Albert Rizzo, Chief medical officer for the American Lung Association.

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