NATIONAL DOCTOR'S DAY
The world is currently watching the biggest pandemic in the human history with millions and billions of people are under lockdown. Apart from prayers and wishes, people have been reaching out to doctors more and more.
NATIONAL DOCTOR'S DAY 2020: THEME, SIGNIFICANCE, HISTORY OF CELEBRATION AND MORE
This year's DOCTOR'S DAY is special as what doctors are doing in India and around the world can't be expressed in just words and we can't be more thankful for them. It is even more difficult for the doctors who are working tirelessly to ensure that all those that are infected with COVID-19 are provided with proper medical facilities. Their contributions and hard work deserve our gratitude each and every day. These doctors have been putting their own lives at risk and sacrificing family and personal life to ensure safety for all of us. So on National Doctor’s Day, which is marked on July 1 in India, we remember these heroes who work to save our lives. Many doctors in India and around the world have lost their lives in saving people so on this day let's remember them and their families who lost their loved ones and pray for their well-being.
HISTORY OF DOCTOR'S DAY IN INDIA
National Doctors' Day is celebrated on July 1 in India to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962, aged 80 years. Dr Roy was honoured with the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961. The celebration of the Doctors' Day is an attempt to emphasize and to spread awareness on the value of doctors in our lives and to offer them our respects by commemorating one of their greatest representatives. India has shown remarkable improvements in the medical field and July 1 pays a tribute to all the doctors who have made relentless efforts and hard work towards achieving this goal irrespective of the odds.
"Doctor’s Day is a reminder to all of us to take some time out to appreciate the doctors who put all their lives into offering services to others."
THEME OF DOCTOR'S DAY 2020
The Doctor's Day 2020 theme this year's stands, "Lessen the mortality of COVID-19". It includes awareness about asymptomatic hypoxia and early aggressive therapy.Every year, the theme for Doctor's day is announced by Indian Medical Association (IMA). Last year it was 'Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishments.' The theme is decided keeping in mind the larger scale issue related to the medical field and the professionals and doctors.
SIGNIFICANCE OF DOCTOR'S DAY
Doctor's Day in India was established by the Government of India in 1991 to recognize 1st July and celebrated every year on this day as National Doctors day. It is celebrated to value and respect doctors and their role in country’s development. National Doctors day in India is a big awareness campaign offering great opportunities to all to get aware about the roles, importance and responsibilities of the doctors as well as promote medical professionals to come closer and follow the responsibilities of their profession with dedication. While this year, due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, it has been particularly very hard on medical professionals. The hard work and dedication of the doctors since the start of the pandemic has been praise worthy.
THEY WAGE WAR AGAINST ILLNESS AND DISEASE. THEY PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK TO PROTECT US. THEY ARE HEROES, THEY ARE WARRIOR.
CELEBRATIONS OF DOCTOR'S DAY
For several years National Doctor's Day is celebrated by the Government and non-government healthcare organizations to get familiar with the doctor's contributions. Healthcare organisation's staff organises several events and activities on this day throughout the country. For grand celebration on Doctor's Day Rotary Club of the North Calcutta and North East Calcutta Social & Welfare Organization organises big events annually.
Free medical check-up camps are organised at various health care centers and public places by the health care organisations to promote quality medical services free of cost among the public. Various discussion programs are organised across the country to make people aware of health check-up, prevention, diagnosis, proper treatment of the disease, etc.
General screening test camps are also organised to assess the health status, health counseling, health nutrition talks and chronic disease awareness among poor people and senior citizens.
Various activities are also organised to make people aware of the priceless roles of doctors in everyone's lives like a free blood test, random blood sugar test, ECG, EEG, blood pressure check-up and etc.
Several activities at schools and college levels are also organised to encourage youth to choose and dedicatedly follow the medical profession.
Therefore, National Doctor's Day is observed every year on 1 July to honour Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy and his contributions. Also, this day reminds us to thank our doctors in providing us with selfless service and health care.