Kids rock hospital waves

2017-05-30 16:38
The team of producers and presenters on newly launched RX radio at Red Cross War Memorial Hospital

The team of producers and presenters on newly launched RX radio at Red Cross War Memorial Hospital

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The first radio station in South Africa to involve patients has been launched at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The RX radio station was launched last Saturday with the aim to empower and encourage sick children to dream big and share their experiences.

The station has children as producers, presenters and reporters. According to Noluyolo Ngomani, senior producer of RX radio, the station was established under the auspices of the hospital’s facility board.

She says: “The initiative aims to create a platform for communication between hospitalised children, their families and the health services by providing patients with the skills and support to produce and broadcast radio programmes across the hospital.”

Shows anchored by children are meant to entertain and engage other patients. They include programmes pre-recorded and produced by patients about their experiences and interests, programmes for children, music, interactive games, competitions, dedications and discussions in which children can participate on air from their hospital beds.

“In the next two years, we will provide about 80 chronically ill children with the skills to produce and broadcast programmes about their experiences to the broader hospital community, give health workers and family members important new insights into a hospitalised child’s unique perspective and provide vital emotional support and mental stimulation to thousands of ill children during their stay at the hospital.”

One of the young presenters, Kauthar (16), a kidney transplant patients, says she joined the radio station, because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of other patients and be a helping hand to other patients. She says she was on dialysis for eight years before she got a kidney.

Another presenter, Rheed (14), says: “I had an osteosarcoma in my hip. For those who do not know, it is bone cancer. I am five months in remission and a survivor. I focus on my future and won’t let cancer take anything more than it has already.

“I look at how I can turn my situation into a positive and love the fact I can give back and shine a light for others.”

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