Health Malawi

Malawi midwife suspended over labour ward selfie

A nurse in Malawi has been suspended pending further investigation after a selfie of her in a labour ward was posted on social media.

The selfie was widely shared provoking an uproar:

Blantyre district health office director of health services Dr. Gift Kawaladzira has confirmed of the suspension of Patricia Mulichi who works at Ndirande Health Centre.

Mulichi came under intense fire on social media platforms on Tuesday for taking the selfie which went viral in social media platforms.

“We have suspended her pending further review by the Nurses and Midwifery Council of Malawi,” said Kawaladzira.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango said the ministry is waiting a report on the matter from Blantyre district health office.

The picture drew anger from most of people who feel the government is employing immature and irresponsible people to handle sensitive matters.

Some people are asking for her prosecution for taking a picture of a naked woman in a labour ward without her consent.

Joshua Malango, public relations officer for Malawi’s Ministry of Health speaking on BBC Focus on Africa radio programme said the photo was shocking the case had been referred to the Nurses’ Council, which was investigating to see who took and circulated the photo.

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