National Blood Transfusion Service, NBTS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has presented an award of honour to a graphic designer with Nigerian Pilot Newspapers, Mr. Akpan John Nathan as the highest blood donor in Nigeria from 2005 to 2015.
Besides, an Assistant Editor of the organisation, Mrs. Joyce Remi-Babayeju was also honoured in recognition of her extensive report on blood donation awareness campaign in the country.
Mr. Nathan merited the award by donating blood 42 times within the period under review, while another donor Miss Blessing Oshita was honoured as second highest with 17 donation.
The awards were presented last week Saturday in Abuja, at a dinner as part of its activities to celebrate world blood donor day.
Responding Mr. Nathan said that he was inspired to donate blood because it is a way to help save lives.
“To save a live is very important, imagine an accident victim who has lost a lot of blood and is at point of death, God can use your blood to bring him back to life” he said.
He also urged other youths to cultivate the habit of blood donation to save lives.
Speaking at the event, National Coordinator, Dr. Oluwatoyin Smith represented by Dr. Abigail Itodo expressed gratitude to the donors and recipients, saying the event was their little way of honouring the donors and all those who have contributed to blood donation and saving lives of others.
The event which was part of activities to marking World Blood Day, with the theme: “Thank you for saving my life.”
She noted that “So many lives we have touched, so many lives we have given opportunity to stay on earth. You have done it gracefully, you have done it without collecting money, you have done it with a kind heart, and we will not stop appreciating you our donors.”
Others who were rewarded was the family of Daud Musa Ademolu was awarded the highest family donor and Adamu/ Rabiat Abass as the highest couple donor.

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