Harness Potential of Differently Abled,Make them Independent for Future· CME on ‘Challenges and Scope of Rehabilitation’ organized by AIIMS Raipur· Diabetic Patients are suffering Most, Need to rehabilitate them· Avoid Architectural Barriers for PWD, Various Strategy Discussed in CMERaipur, 28 February, 2020To rehabilitate patients who experienced physical limitations resulting from injury, disease or malformation a CME has been organized by All India Institute of Medical Sciences here today. Experts and luminaries in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from prominent medical institutions urged medical practitioners and students to harness the potential of such patients to make them independent for the rest of life. While inaugurating the CME on ‘Challenges and Scope of Rehabilitation’ by Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, AIIMS Raipur Prof. (Dr.) Suranjan Bhattacharjee, Ex Director, CMC Hospital Vellore said that weakness of disabled patients can become their great strength. It is up to medical practitioner to realize their potential and harness it. ‘Rehabilitation medicos can adopt an approach of questioning obvious and to look at all the available evidence for treatment. There is no substitute for compassionate service in the rehabilitation. In India, we have best brains. We should use it with newer technology. Family concept in India can also play a pivotal role in the rehabilitation of injured person, he said.Prof. (Dr.) Nitin M. Nagarkar, Director, AIIMS Raipur emphasized on interdisciplinary approach in rehabilitation of patients. ‘AIIMS through its different departments along with PMR department is focusing not only on treatment but also on rehabilitation of most suffered patients. Medical students can adopt a bright career in the PMR, he added.Prof. Rajendra Sharma, Head of the Department, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi explained diabetic foot and its orthotic management. Prof. Sharma said that annually more than one million people with diabetes suffer some amputation. India witnessed 75% leg amputation every year due to an infected neuropathic foot. ‘Foot care is more important in such cases. Washing feet, drying it properly and keeping skin soft can prevent such conditions, he said.Prof. Ajay Gupta, Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi discussed Goal Setting in Management of Spasticity. Rajesh Tiwari, Deputy Director, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Chhattisgarh said that CG has 624937 (2011) disable persons in the state. Out of them 53.46% are male and 46.54% are female. He explained various welfare schemes initiated by the State government to rehabilitate differently able people. Dr. Joy Singh Akoijam from National Institute of Medical Sciences urged administrators to avoid architectural barriers for PWD. CME is graced by Prof. Sanjay Wadhwa, Dr. Karan Peepre, Prof. Alok Agrawal and Dr. Jaydeep Nandi.