Man Recognised by Nigerian Government for voluntarily donating blood 67 times a Year

In commemoration of the 2021 World Blood Donor Day in Abuja today, June 14, 2021, the Nigerian Minister of Health has recognised some blood donors for their voluntary, consistent, timely, and free donations to the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) blood bank.

 

The minister was represented by Dr Ngozi Onwudigwe, the Director of Hospital Services in the ministry. According to him, blood donation is “the live wire of mankind”.

 

Mr. Nathan Akpan won in the male category with a blood donation count of 67 times, followed closely by a lawyer, Ms Hajara Isa, who won in the female category with a 32 times count.

 

“This act is indeed heroic and worthy of commendation,” Mr. Ehanire said, as he called for promotion of community values of blood donation. He said that adequate supply of blood and blood products would reduce mortality associated with life-threatening medical conditions.

 

Mr. Ehanire added:

In Nigeria, less than five per cent of all blood donations come from voluntary unpaid donors.

 

Every country must have a strong base of voluntary unpaid donors in order to ensure that everyone who needs safe blood has access to it.

 

This is coming as the  Nigerian Red Cross Society has urged youths and other age groups in the country to voluntarily donate blood at least once every three months. Lagos State Branch Secretary of the society, Olakunle Lasisi, stated this today while giving a speech at the PUNCH Media Foundation webinar series in commemoration of the World Blood Donor Day

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