African final year student dies after hospitals refuse to give him COVID-19 test in US

A 25-year-old Nigerian college student died after being refused a COVID-19 test in the US.

Few days earlier, and as per The Detroit News, Bassey Offiong, a student of Western Michigan University, started experiencing difficulty breathing, fatigue and a cough.

Offiong tried to be tested for COVID-19,but many hospitals in the Kalamazoo area, Michigan, rejected him. One doctor initially diagnosed Offiong as having bronchitis before he was finally admitted to hospital at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he had been hooked to an intensive care unit ventilator. Essentially, he died on Saturday 28 March 2020.

Offiong’s sister has said he was generally healthy, according to an interview with The Detroit News.

The test was unavailable to many young people who don’t have a history of health problems because of a shortage of test kits statewide.

The West Michigan University officials issued a statement after Offiong’s unexpected death.

“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,” the statement read. “They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Offiong was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and one semester of graduating college.

 

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