Red Cross Hospital's RX Radio gives voice to sick kids

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has played an important role in improving the health and lifting the spirits of ill children across Cape Town.

Over 1 178 staff members are devoted to working with young patients at the he 61-year-old hospital, explains CEO Dr Matodzi Mukosi.

Pippa Hudson and her team hosted a live broadcast from the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital at their own in-house radio station, Rx Radio.

Read: Young Nangamso shares how Red Cross Children's Hospital saved her life

Read: Cape philanthropist launches children's book in a bid to give little hearts hope

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital launched Rx Radio, one of the first children’s hospital radio stations in Africa.

Pediatrician and station manager Dr Gabriel Urgotti explains that Rx Radio involves child patients as producers, reporters, and presenters on various shows.

We thought it was a great idea to provide a platform for children in hospitals to talk about their illnesses and experiences of being sick.

Dr Gabriel Urgotti, pediatrician turned radio man

It's radio by children, for children. It's mainly the children the with chronic illness that are producing and broadcasting.

Dr Gabriel Urgotti, pediatrician turned radio man

Dr Urgotti says that Rx Radio helps build an intergenerational dialogue between the parents, children and health workers.

Rx Radio senior producer Noluyulo Ngomani explains that the children are taught life skills and technical skills to help them share their stories.

Also read: 9 year old survives surgery and lifts listeners spirits with inspiring story

CEO Mukosi says the hospital has gained a reputation for outstanding care and medical achievements such as the separation of conjoined twins and renal and liver surgeries.

When you talk childcare, people think of Red Cross.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, CEO of Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

The hospitals sees over 160 000 outpatient visits, 25 000 hospital admissions and as many as 7 500 operations annually.

Mukosi also explains that the hospital is the only one to have a specialised burn unit for children in South Africa.

All these complicated medical cases are well taken care of here.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, CEO of Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

The passion of the people at this hospital is serving the children and is really incredible.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, CEO of Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

He explored the history of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and it's importance today.

Visit the Children's Hospital Trust to support Red Cross and get more information.

Take a listen to learn more:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[LISTEN] The pros and cons of using reusable nappies

[LISTEN] The pros and cons of using reusable nappies

Disposable nappies generate 1 ton of waste per baby.

A list of top CT activities to keep your kids entertained these holidays

A list of top CT activities to keep your kids entertained these holidays

Looking for inspiration on things to do with the kids this holiday? Here's a few fun activities guaranteed to keep them busy.

[WATCH] 'Swimming is like meditation for me', says legend Cameron van der Burgh

[WATCH] 'Swimming is like meditation for me', says legend Cameron van der Burgh

Olympic gold winner Cameron van der Burgh joined a live studio audience to share and reflect on his inspiring story.

WP Rugby denies claims that Newlands Test matches are coming to an end

WP Rugby denies claims that Newlands Test matches are coming to an end

WP Rugby President Thelo Wakefield has told EWN Sport that Test rugby will not be moving from Newlands to Cape Town Stadium yet.

Kidnapped Gugs baby found unharmed in Atlantis

Kidnapped Gugs baby found unharmed in Atlantis

The child's alleged kidnapper disappeared with the infant on Saturday and was found in Atlantis on Sunday.

Young Nangamso shares how Red Cross Children's Hospital saved her life

Young Nangamso shares how Red Cross Children's Hospital saved her life

The 12-year-old has been treated at the hospital for nearly 6 years for Lupus and received a new kidney.

Popular articles
Why are African teams under performing in the 2018 World Cup?

Why are African teams under performing in the 2018 World Cup?

With only five teams in the World Cup, Africa's performance hasn't exactly been memorable, so what could be the problem?

[Listen] Local hero saves family from fire

[Listen] Local hero saves family from fire

A CapeTalk listener shares the story of a young man who saved a family of five from a burning house.

Woman exposed for calling fellow aircraft passengers the K-word

Woman exposed for calling fellow aircraft passengers the K-word

Reverend Solomuzi Mabuza says he is considering laying charges against the woman for calling him a ka***r.

What business is Nomgcobo Jiba doing at NPA offices?

What business is Nomgcobo Jiba doing at NPA offices?

Freedom Under Law is demanding an explanation from the NPA after Jiba was spotted at their offices, defying a court order.

Hate plastic? Grocer Nude Foods doesn’t have any of it! It’s also cheaper…

Hate plastic? Grocer Nude Foods doesn’t have any of it! It’s also cheaper…

The concept is not new, or a hipster fad. The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nude Foods founder Paul Rubin.

Why Ethiopian Airlines (not SAA) is Africa's biggest and best airline

Why Ethiopian Airlines (not SAA) is Africa's biggest and best airline

State-owned (but not managed) Ethiopian Airlines is profitable. Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba.

Willemse will take Supersport to Equality Court over walk-out findings

Willemse will take Supersport to Equality Court over walk-out findings

On Tuesday, SuperSport released the findings of an investigation by Advocate Vincent Maleka.

You aren't legally entitled to an annual increase (and why your contract is key)

You aren't legally entitled to an annual increase (and why your contract is key)

Employment law litigator Joe Mothibi explains that an annual increase is not a given unless stated otherwise in the job contract.

Callers ask what will happen to Ashwin Willemse after MultiChoice findings

Callers ask what will happen to Ashwin Willemse after MultiChoice findings

On Tuesday SuperSport and Multichoice's said there was no evidence of racism following an investigation into the incident in May.

LISTEN: What's AfriForum's private prosecution attempt against Jiba about?

LISTEN: What's AfriForum's private prosecution attempt against Jiba about?

AfriForum's Kallie Kriel says Jiba abused her position to fabricate a case against former KZN Hawks head General Johan Booysen.