COVID19: Nigeria consul said three Nigerians died in the US

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Three Nigerians has been reported dead in the United State of America due to coronavirus.

The Consul General of Nigeria  Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen,  confirmed the deaths in a statement in New York.

He said  a doctor from Abia, contracted the virus while on duty in New York.

The second person mentioned by the consul is a case of a 25-year-old  final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University,  Bassey Offiong whose case was widely reported in Nigeria.

Okoyen said: “It is regrettable to announce that three Nigerians have died of COVID-19 in the United States of America.

“The first case was a 60-year-old lady, Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali of Kano descent, who died on March 25, while receiving treatment at the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

“Secondly, 25-year-old Bassey Offiong from Calabar, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, died on Saturday, March 28, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

“Unfortunately, the last case was a medical practitioner, Dr Caleb Anya, from Ohafia in Abia State.

“He died while rendering service to humanity on the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in New York on April 1.

“On behalf of the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, I wish to extend our condolences to the families of the deceased Nigerians in this tragic circumstance.’’

He lauded the efforts and  sacrifice of medical personnel and other essential workers risking their lives on a daily basis on the frontline to save others.

“We are particularly very proud of Nigerian medical professionals in the USA who form part of the incredible workforce in the service of humanity at this time,’’ he added.