Journalists have started a fundraising campaign for former NTV news anchor, Rosemary Nankabirwa, who is battling with cancer at Mulago Cancer Institute.
The team that is headed by NTV reporter Florence Naluyimba, Faridah Nakazibwe a news anchor with NTV also and Grace Nataabalo Adyeeri, has started a drive to solicit money to help fund Nankabirwa’s treatment.
The drive started on social media, Twitter, today under the hashtag #HelpRosemary and was joined by several Ugandans.
Nankabirwa is undergoing treatment for Adrenal cortical carcinoma as well as other complications which have kept her in and out of ICU at the Cancer and Heart Institutes in Mulago.
This comes after the said journalists sat down with Nankabirwa’s mother and convinced her to accept their support.
They also requested that fellow journalists visit their friend, a thing that the mother had refused since last month when the daughter was admitted.
Meanwhile, veteran Journalist, Roger Mugisha, has called upon the broadcasting council to review the health and safety measures in all media houses or else the Mulago cancer ward will be full of TV and radio presenters.
In his social media message, Roger said: “It is my prayer that we learn as a country to exercise curiosity beyond our comfort zone.TV presenters are going to continue battling cancer due to EMR (Electromagnetic Radiation) and no one seems to be paying attention.”
Roger says Live TV/Radio broadcasters are usually exposed to the microwave transmitters that relay the digital signals from the cameras, through the amplifiers and via the dishes back to the station in real time.
“No one seems to be measuring/regulating radiation exposure in these environments. My peers in broadcasting we need to start asking these questions openly and sincerely. Broadcast council should review the health and safety measures in all broadcasting houses otherwise the cancer ward will become an industrial exit point.”