A midwife in Malawi has been suspended after taking a selfie in a maternity ward.

The picture has sparked outrage in Malawi. The nurse has been identified as Patricia Mulichi who works at Ndirande Health Centre.

Malawi's Ministry of Health spokesman Joshua Malango told CNN the midwifery council and the district health authorities were handling the case.

The health ministry is also investigating whether the photo was leaked or posted by the midwife.

"We don't want to judge her, and that's why we're working with the council for a fair trial and a clear investigation of the matter, and for them to come up with a recommendation," Malango said.

"We want to find out how that picture ended up in the public domain." He, however, dismissed local media reports that nurses have been banned from bringing mobile devices into clinics in the country following the incident.
Mulichi says the picture has been circulated in social media platforms by her former boyfriend who had confiscated her phone as a matter of jealousy.