National Doctors’ Day: When, Why and How?

National Doctors’ Day was established by Government of India in the year 1991, to be celebrated every year on 1st July in the country.It is celebrated in the honour of birth as well as death anniversary of great physician and second chief minister of West Bengal – Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Dr BC Roy was born on 1st July in the year 1882 and died on the same date in the year 1962, at the age of 80 years. He is one of the rare people in the history of India who have pursued FRCS and MRCP degrees at the same time. Dr. BC Roy was awarded with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on 4th February in the year 1961. Since then India has grown Dr. BC Roy’s work enormously and also innovative techniques in the field of medicine.

This day is celebrated to show gratitude to all workers in the field of medicine, who have unconditionally and selflessly helped us in the time of need.

How does India celebrate National Doctors’ Day?

National Doctors’ Day is being celebrated in India for years by the government and non-governmental medical organisations. This is done in order to get familiar with the contributions of doctors. On this day free consultation workshops, free medical check-up camps and free general screening test camps are organised across the country.Also, several medical activities are organised in schools and colleges so as to motivate young students to pursue medical profession. Patients greet their doctors by giving greeting cards, gifts and flowers.

Every year National Doctors’ Day is given a theme. Last year, the theme was- “Lessen the mortality of Covid-19.” Last year’s National Doctors’ Day celebration did not include face-to-face meetings and celebrations obviously. For the year 2021, the theme is yet to be announced but we can guess it will be related to the pandemic that we are all going through- Coronavirus.

In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. last year declared 1st July as a state holiday to honour the doctors, nurses and others who were working as frontline fighters. She also requested the Centre to declare National Doctors’ Day as a national holiday to pay respect to the doctors.

Dr. Kshitij Mundra, CEO of Indira IVF said, “Doctors are special and this year is one where we have seen them as our real-life heroes. Doctors’ Day is an opportunity to thank all the heroes in the medical fraternity for their selfless contributions. They are pulling long hours and working round-the-clock and as the world is gripped with this pandemic. We at Indira IVF are ensuring special precautions for our doctors, healthcare staff and patients are the best in the class protocols.”

With the growing number of infected people largely and doctors handling hundreds of people it has never been more essential to appreciate the efforts that doctors make to ensure that patients recover and remain healthy.

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