The very first medical unit Damien Leprosy Control Centre was started 0n 02.07.1969 by ( The sisters of the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception, Madurai.) pioneers with vision and sincere loyalty continues to grow under the watchful care and protection of dedicated, self sacrificing and painstaking staff. It has created history by its life giving growth and developments. The very first medical unit Damien Leprosy Control Centre was started 0n 02.07.1969 by ( The sisters of the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception, Madurai.) pioneers with vision and sincere loyalty continues to grow under the watchful care and protection of dedicated, self sacrificing and painstaking staff. It has created history by its life giving growth and developments.The aim of D.L.C.C is to demonstrate effective methods to survey education and treat the leprosy-affected persons in the service area and also to rehabilitate them and also to create awareness regarding leprosy and thereby liquidate the social stigma that persists in the minds of the people.
Group Survey was conducted with a team of 7 Leprosy Inspectors under the guidance of a Non-Medical Supervisor in each village. The total population allotted is The aim of D.L.C.C is to demonstrate effective methods to survey education and treat the leprosy-affected persons in the service area and also to rehabilitate them and also to create awareness regarding leprosy and thereby liquidate the social stigma that persists in the minds of the people.surveyed to detect Leprosy in the beginning and later TB, Cataract, Polio-affected and mentally retarded cases. Known case verification and Healthy Contact Survey of Leprosy patients were done simultaneously. Health Education for prevention of deformity and self-care technique to heal ulcers are taught in the villages. Group survey helps for immediate treatment, reference to the base-hospital and also creates awareness among the public. On reaching the eradication point we have stopped the group survey, treatment at the road side clinic.
Re-Constructive surgeries to correct the deformities were started by Dr. Rajamani M.S. (Ortho) in 1982 and continued freely by Dr. John Karuppaiah M.S. (Ortho) from 1985 to 2003. And he won the hearts of all. Early detection and proper treatment have brought down new deformity cases almost to nil.
“Multi Drug Therapy” – Even before collaboration with the Government, the centre started multi drug therapy in a large scale in order to reduce the treatment time, to prevent deformity, to reduce the infection rate etc.
- We have covered around 27,270 populations for IEC/IPC in the past six months. Among them 109 suspected cases are identified and referred to base hospital. Our medical officer confirmed 15 cases ( MB.8;PB.7 )
- Lab Technician does the routine test for all new cases ( Hb% and urine test for sugar )
- The physiotherapist does the disability assessment for all new cases.
- NMS counseled all new cases and prepared treatment cards, referral letters and sent to DLO and PHC with I st dose of MDT.
- NMS visited the 333 neighboring houses around new cases and examined 1337 healthy contacts.
- Patients with deep ulcers are admitted for care.
- Daily dressing is done for them after soaking and scrubbing.
- Supportive medicines are given when needed.
- So far 29 cases are admitted for deep and simple ulcer care.
- POD assessment was done by the Physiotherapist and cards are maintained for all living disability Cases.
- 140 persons with Grade I disability and 248 cases with Grade II disabilities were assessed in the past six months.
- NMS assessed all suspected cases during field visit and taught self care practice to clients and family members.
- 20 Self Care Kits were distributed to deserving clients and demonstrated care of ulcer in home based condition along with the contacts. We treated 3 reaction cases among our referred cases and Govt. treated cases. Full course of steroid was given and there is no development of disability among the reaction cases.
- Voluntary Muscle Test is done for 18 new confirmed cases, under treatment (Every MB cases once in three months), and reaction cases
- Our centre participates in all activities like awareness rallies, Anti Leprosy Day activities, DPMR services, RCS cases motivation along with government
- NMS from our centre participated in the rally presided by District Collector and conducted by Dr. Amutha DLO Dindigul District on 30th January 2014. Our centre participates in all activities like awareness rallies, Anti Leprosy Day activities, DPMR services, RCS cases motivation along with government.
- NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) camp was conducted by Dr.Amutha DLO of Dindigul District on 21st February 2014 for the leprosy affected men and women. 107 patients were examined for Hypertension, Diabetes and Cancer. About 12 cases were referred to government hospital for the treatment of Hypertension, and Diabetes Mrs. Andichi was suspected for breast cancer and referred to Govt. Hospital-Madurai.
- After the investigation she was diagnosed for Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis and treated for the same.On the same day MCR chappals for 104 persons and 50 bottles of Mathan Siddha oil for ulcer cases were distributed.
- General Camp was conducted at Veelinaickanpatty on 20.01.2014. 350 persons attended the Camp and among them 3 persons were suspected for leprosy and one person was confirmed.
- Nine persons were suspected for T.B and one was found positive.
District Nucleus Team
- This team visited Sirunayackanpatty PHC and a patient’s house at sakkliapatty on 29.04.2014.
- The same team visited Govt. Hospital- Batlagundu, Viralipatty PHC, and Viruveedu PHC with our NMS to validate referred cases for the regular treatment on 06.06.2014.
- New DLO Dr.Amutha visited and reviewed our registers and activities to forward our NGO Grant Application to SLO.
- Mr. Karl Muers and his team visited our centre on 25.04.2014
- On 26.04.2014 the same team addressed the group of 21 people with disabilities. Mr.Lourdhsamy is disabled person who underwent cycle repair training at our centre was given Rs. 5000 as interest free loan to start a cycle repair shop.
- On 13.05.2014 Dr. Bella Devaleenal Regional Medical Coordinator-GLRA- Chennai reviewed our activities. Also she participated in the NMS review meeting at DLO Office-Dindigul.
- On the same day she visited Kosavapatty PHC and Sakkayanaickanur PHC and discussed with the Medical Officers and staff about Leprosy activities in Public Health Services.
Sr. Dr.Agnes Xavier-Administrator and Sr. Kulandai Therese participated in PPRM meeting at Yelagiri from 16th -18th June 2014
Urban Leprosy Elimination Programme (01.04.2004 to 31.07.2007)
As per the G.O. No.19, 1695 Health and family Welfare Department, Chennai dated on 08.11.2002, Damien Leprosy Control Centre was recognized to work as a “FACILITATOR” in Urban Leprosy Elimination Programme.
- Madurai Corporation
- Usilampatty Municipality
- Thirumangalam Municipality
- Melur Municipality
Urban Health Posts visited regularly: 72
- Awareness given to OPD Patients IEC/IPC
- Assisting in diagnosis
- Self Care Practice to disabled cases
- Training given to all medical personals
- IEC/IPC to all Self Help Groups
Damien Bal Gurukul Study Centre(June 2007)
Indian Development Foundation –Mumbai formerly called as Indian Leprosy Foundation, Mumbai supports this Damien Bal Gurukul Study Centre, at Silukkuvarpatti.20 female students are benefited through this programme every year.The children of parents are affected with Leprosy and HIV also among them.
Tuberculosis Control Centre: (14.02.1992)
Tuberculosis control service was started in 1992 in order to control TB, in rural area allotted for leprosy. All the road-side clinics concentrate on TB control and treatment also along with leprosy. The leprosy staffs are being utilized for the TB control programme too. We work under National Tuberculosis control programme and follows DOTS (Direct observation Therapy scheme) for treatment of cases. Damien Leprosy Control Centre is a Designated Microscopic Centre