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

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

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

The Controversial Selfie

The controversial selfie showed a masked and exposed pregnant woman with wide open legs ready to give birth in a labor ward.


Executive Director of Malawi’s Nurses and Midwifery Councilm, Isabella Musisi says Mulichi deserves disciplinary action and has since banned mobile phones in labor wards.

“Our clients are looking for respectful maternal services. This will hinder achievement for universal health access in Malawi. Let’s see to it cell phones are not entering our labor wards. This is unacceptable behavior by our profession,” she said.