Department of Medicine - Leprosy Services
The Department strives to provide priority serve and high quality care to all leprosy patients and ensures that no leprosy patient is denied treatment because of inability to contribute. The average length of inpatient stay of leprosy patient is 2-3 weeks.
Leprosy patients are accorded the highest priority in the management of their disease. An extremely detailed protocol developed at Karigiri for the management of these patients using a proforma known as a LEPCARD (Leprosy Comprehensive Assessment Record) ensures that those with leprosy are followed up with great care to identify any deterioration at the earliest stages and to monitor progress.
The objective of the department is to identify leprosy patients at high risk of developing disability and deformity. The current emphasis of the department has been primary prevention of disabilities and deformities by detection of nerve function impairment, treatment, restoration of nerve functions.
A "Prevention of Disability" review clinic is held weekly, in collaboration with the Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Surgery, Prosthetics & Orthotics and Clinical Psycology and Social Work departments.