In 1968, the Tamil Nadu State Government requested the institution to take over the responsibility of implementing the National Leprosy Control Program in Gudiyatham Taluk (which included the present Katpadi Taluk) which was highly endemic for leprosy with prevalence rate of 15 per 1000.
SIHR & LC apart from excellence in treatment and Research it had excelled in the field of training in the yester years. Various training modules were prepared to impart training to manage the leprosy control programmes. The State and Central Governments approved the following training courses as proposed by this institution during 1976:-
Ophthalmic aspects of leprosy … 1 week
Shoe makers course … 4 months
Prosthetic Technicians course … 8 months
Physiotherapy Technician course … 9 months
Smear Technician Course … 4 months
Special course in BI and MI for qualified
Laboratory Technicians … 1 month
Laboratory Technician c ourse … 12 months
Para Medical Worker’s course … 6 months
Non Medical Supervisors course … 2 months
Health Educators course … 2 months
Medical Officers condensed course … 1 week
Medical Officers, DLOs, SLOs, course … 6 weeks course
Training of Trainers course … 1 week
Since 1977 these courses were offered by SIHR&LC, primarily for individuals and personnel sponsored by the Central and State Governments, International Leprosy Organizations, WHO and from Voluntary Organizations involved in leprosy and general health care services. Medical and Non Medical personnel from many of the South East Asian countries were trained by our institution.
With the introduction of Multi Drug Therapy and subsequent Integration of leprosy eradication programme in to General Health Care in the year 1997 into general health care system the demand for the Allied Health Personnel to work in the health field was very high. Hence our institution has started the following AHS training programmes aimed at training quality health care workers.
Medical Record Technology since 1995
Medical Laboratory Technology Course since 1978
Diploma in General Nursing since 2001
Certificate in Community Geriatric Care since 2001
Diploma in Radio Diagnosis Technology since 2008
Diabetic care and Podiatry education since 2017
UNDER GRADUATE PROGRAM APPROVED BY THE TAMIL NADU DR. MGR MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI SINCE 2011:-
No. of Seats Approved
B.Sc. Medical Record Science … 5
Laboratory Technology … 10
Radio Diagnosis Technology … 5
Orthotics and Prosthetics … 10
Optometry Technology … 5
Physician Assistant … 5
Medical Sociology … 15
REHABILITATION COUNCIL OF INDIA APPROVED COURSES:-
B.Sc. Degree Course in Prosthetics and Orthotics of 4 years duration with intake of 25 per year from 2013-2014.
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT APPROVED TRAINING PROGRAMS(BY ARRANGEMENT):
Medical Officers Course in leprosy
Special Course for District Leprosy Officers / State Leprosy Officers in Management of leprosy activities
Produced VCDs on various aspects / topics in leprosy and was distributed to all Medical Colleges in India and institutions involved in leprosy field
Published book-lets on various topics / aspects in leprosy
TRAINING FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS:
Special training programmes in leprosy have been organized for Medical students in their Colleges itself. A team of faculty from Karigiri consist of Specialists and Allied Health Professionals conduct this training for 3 days. This training was conducted at the request of Director of Medical and Family Welfare, TN.
Apart from these formal courses, many informal, special tailor made courses in leprosy were conducted at the request of State and Central Governments; focusing the following categories of Government / NGos: Medical Officers, District Leprosy Officers and State Leprosy Officers Field Publicity Officers, Public Health Staff, Physiotherapists, Health Educators and other allied health professionals in India.