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Cellphones to be banned in wards

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By Samuel Kalimira:

National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (Nonm) has said it is in the process of formulating policies that would stop hospital personnel from using mobile phones while on duty.

Nonm said the policy will regulate the use of the gadgets without infringing the rights of other people.

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Nonm President, Shouts Simeza said the organisation has started engaging Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi, Medical Council of Malawi and Malawi Law Society and other stakeholders on how best to formulate the new framework.

Simeza, who replaced Dorothy Ngoma at the organisation’s recent elective meeting, said the decision was made after getting inputs from its members following an incident where a nurse took a selfie in front of a woman in a hospital ward.

“We promote professionalism and we cannot allow nurses to be answering phone calls or taking pictures while working in wards. That will be looked into in our policies.

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“We want nurses to use mobile phones to search for information related to the case they are working on and, if needed, not to be used to infringe on rights of others,” Simeza said.

Nonm has membership of 3,000 members across the country.

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