Malawi Midwives association condemns picture taking in hospital wards

Association of Malawian Midwives has condemned the taking of pictures in hospital wards, saying this was unethical.

Malawi nurse was suspended over this selfie in labor ward

The association president Anne Phoya saying it was appalling to see nurses and midwives taking pictures of their patients and uploading them in social media platforms.

“Let us remember our ethics and work ethics. The taking of pictures in hospital wards and uploading them in social media platforms should not be condoned,” she said.

Her comments follow the suspension of a midwife nurse, Patricia Mulichi, who took a selfie in a labour ward which showed her in masked face but exposed a pregnant woman with wide open legs ready to give birth in a labour ward.

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.

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.

Phoya said health and medical personnel who take pictures in hospital wards should be reported to their respective regulatory bodies for disciplinary action.

“This tendency is bad, let us all protect our patients,” she said.

Nurses and Midwifery Council of Malawi executive director Isabella Musisi says Mulichi deserves disciplinary action and has since banned entering of mobile phones in labour wards.

Mulichi’s relation, in a Facebook post, said Mulichi had been betrayed by her former boyfriend who circulated the picture in social media platforms after their relationship went sour.

Medics have come under fire for sharing private information of patients in their care.

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Mtima uwawa
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Mtima uwawa

Stupid girl

Bibi Matama
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Dorothy Ngoma hould resign. This misfortune happened because of poor management from the top. In the first place how could management allow nurses to entre with there phones in the Labour Ward where they are busy and have to perform well in making sure that women on labour are assisted accordingly. Dorothy Ngoma, please just tender in your resignation letter. Otherwise we will match

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

That has nothing to do with Dorothy Ngoma. The nurse who took the selfie was the one who is at fault. She violated medical ethic and needs proper punishment.

Mtonga Muchanda
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Mtonga Muchanda

Whether the picture was uploaded by the former boyfriend is irrelevant, we should be questioning this Nurse’s motive of taking the picture in the first place. Am sure the day she took the picture,she sent to some of her friends herself only that it didn’t go viral

SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES
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SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES

TAKING A PHOTO OF YOUR MOTHER GIVING BIRTH — TAKING A PHOTO OF YOUR MOTHER IN TOILET -TAKING A PHOTO OF YOUR MOTHER SLEEPING WITH YOUR DAD –TAKING A PHOTO OF YOUR MOTHER TAKING SHOWER — IS A SIGN OF MADNESS OR SATANISM — STRONG DELIVERANCE REQUIRED AND MENTAL HEALTH CHECK UP —

Sad
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Sad

What took you so long to condemn this!

Truth Pains
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Truth Pains

This woman should be arrested for taking nude pictures. This is soft porn. I don’t know why you seem to treat her with kid groves. is it because she is a woman? If it was a man the story could have been different. I am sure this is not the only picture she has taken.

UTM
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UTM

Any profession ones joins is a calling from God. This is similar to a pastor, prophets, evangelist. The situation now has changed because nurse tend to call themserves into a profession. Hence, the current chaos we are experiencing. There is total moral chaos not only nurses but all other professions like teachers for instance impregnating pupils, lawyers defrauding their clients, etc

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Bystander

The nurse needs to be put into police custody. It’s criminal. Could someone please provide free legal advice and sue the relevant parties for damages.
I also find it wrong for you media people who go around hospitals, particularly in maternity wings taking video shots of pregnant women or postnatal patients who are half dressed. That too is appalling. Nobody would want his wife, sister mother, etc to be photographed as such.

What do your ethics say?

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Bystander

My question is, are patients have the right to privacy? Am asking because in this country journalists and hospital personnel find it ok to photograph any patient without regard to his/her privacy

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Patients have rights too. The woman on the bed can seek damages against the nurse and the employer. Her rights to privacy were violated. No one sought permission from her in order that she gets exposed that way. Female lawyers in the Malawi Law Society, where are you?

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