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Nigeria: 60 times blood donor unveils, lists advantages of blood donors

…Says, “Blood donors are immune from cancer, others.”

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Nigeria’s 60 times blood donor in northwest Nigeria, Alhaji Shefiu Balarabe Yakubu, who is also the highest in the country, has been unveiled.

Alhaji Yakubu, a legal practitioner, who was discovered during celebration of International Day of Blood Donors in Kaduna, listed a number of advantages of blood donors.

In summary, the voluntary donor, Yakubu, who was met at National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) Centre, Northwest Zonal Office, Kaduna, impressed that “blood donors hardly fall sick.”

His remarks were corroborated by several other experts, who spoke during the celebration, witnessed by a large number of other voluntary blood donors, including John Haruna, among others.

“Research has shown that blood donation is good for health, and donors don’t get stroke; reduces work on the skin, kidney.  If you donate, you feel more strengthened. It reduces chances of getting cancers, free access to health checks such VP, high blood pressure and other communicable diseases,” said a staff.

In interview, Shefiu Balarabe Yakubu also said that the Blood Donor Day was memorable like every other day of 12th June set aside for celebrating World Blood Donors’ Day.

“I’m happy to be donor and them too; it’s part of our social responsibly to help our community. We also encourage others to come and donate.

“From 2006 to date, every 3 months later; nonstop. Now, I am 60 times blood donor. Only northwest zone, we have a 60 times blood donors, which is me,” Yakubu said.

He, however, stated that, “You must have to get something to do to give back to the society what the society gives you that fashions our lives. As an individual, I consider it as part of my social responsibility.  Whether I donate or not, I fee normal. 

“It’s voluntary service; nothing expected in return. We’re doing it because of God. 60 times donated in this centre alone,” he added.

On the advantages, Barr Yakubu said that “Medical Doctor said, ‘If you are donating blood, you are immune from anything called cancer diseases, and against other diseases requiring dialyses, and makes you healthy. In fact, endless advantages,” he stated.

He commended the former coordinator, Ifeoma O., who advised him seriously to always maintain social distancing even before Covid-19, because of his track records.

“I don’t do anything unique from what others are doing. I eat traditional foods, avoid junk foods.

“Again, this also suggests that both the 77 times blood donor and the 67 times blood donor started donating blood at NBTS Abuja before the establishment of NBTS. Their history of blood donations predates the creation of NBTS.

“This is absolutely stunning. It reminds many the case of an international footballer whose mother died in 1986, but he was born in 1990. Northwest blood donors understand that there may be a normality that requires simple explanation,” he added.

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