A Nigerian student studying in the US, 25-year-old Bassey Offiong has died after contracting the novel covid-19 coronavirus.
Bassey who was expected to graduate with a chemical engineering degree in a few weeks reportedly died of coronavirus on Saturday March 28, after allegedly being turned down several times for the coronavirus test in the Kalamazoo area while living off-campus, despite having fever, fatigue and shortness of breath.
He was slated to graduate in a few weeks with an engineering degree.
His sister, Asari Offiong, who broke the news said;
“I told him to ask them to test him. He said they refused to test him. One medical staffer told him he had bronchitis.
“I know God has him in his presence. He loved God.”
Before his death, Bassey was hospitalized at Beaumont in Royal Oak and spent the last week on a ventilator in their intensive care unit.
In a tribute to him, President of Western Michigan University Edward Montgomery said;
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our students, Bassey Offiong. Bassey was a young man of enormous potential… On behalf of the entire Bronco community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to his entire family, including his sister Asari, who has been generous in communicating with us regularly. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
The US is currently the worst hit country in the world with over 130,000 infections. Fatality rates in the US are however lower than in Italy and Spain with 2000 deaths reported so far.