: The Department of Geriatrics at the Madras Medical College has been approved as a centre for the ‘World Health Organisation in-country fellowship training on geriatrics'.

The training which will be for a period of three months, will allow persons in the government sector to acquire skills and knowledge in managing elderly patients.

“The course has been designed by the WHO and the Central government selects candidates from across the country to undergo training in geriatrics,” said V.Kanagasabai, Dean, MMC, about the programme that commenced on January 23.

“There are four people in the first batch of the training and each participant gets a monthly stipend.”

The Department will provide a comprehensive training in the area of physical, mental and psychosocial problems that affect the elderly.

“It will look into common diseases that affect senior citizens such as bed sores, muscle weakness and memory loss,” said Dr.Kanagasabai. On Thursday, the Senior Citizens Bureau distributed shoe racks, hand towels, biscuit packets and roses to celebrate Republic Day with the patients at the geriatrics ward at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.