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GENERAL HEALTH
June 30th, 2021
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Why is July 1 Celebrated in India as National Doctor’s Day?

National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on July 1 to honor Dr. Bidhan Roy

Doctor day is observed to recognize the commendable efforts of doctors

Health and wellness camps are conducted on National Doctor’s Day in India

With the world still reeling from the effects of the global pandemic, it is easy to see how doctors have played a pivotal role in safeguarding our health. They have been instrumental in serving the community by providing the necessary treatment. Combating lack of infrastructure, reduced availability of beds and other essential medical resources, doctors have played the role of front-line heroes. As per WHO statistics, we have lost about 1,15,000 health workers globally due to COVID-19. [1]

National Doctor’s Day serves to remind us of their importance and contribution. It also draws our eye to the sacrifices that doctors make for our wellbeing. Doctor day is celebrated worldwide. Different countries celebrate Doctor’s Day on different days while India celebrates it on July 1 every year. [2]

Celebrating National Doctor’s Day in India is a great way to show gratitude and respect to doctors. Read on to know how you can recognize the dedication and commitment of doctors on this day.

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National Doctor’s Day Commemorates Dr. Bidhan’s Achievements

In India, National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on July 1 as a mark of respect for renowned medical practitioner, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Not only was he a physician, but also a freedom fighter and an educationist. To recognize his selfless service and dedication, July 1 is celebrated as National Doctor’s Day, his birth and death anniversary. Dr. Bidhan also served as a Chief Minister of Bengal for 14 years. He was a talented professional skilled in architecture apart from being a distinguished doctor. 

Born in the year 1882, in Patna, he graduated from the University of Calcutta. Following this, he went to England to continue studying medicine. After post-graduation, he became a Member of Royal College of Physicians in 1911. Later, he went on to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Dr. Bidhan was honored with a Bharat Ratna Award in the year 1961. Referred to as the first medical consultant by the British Medical Journal, Dr. Bidhan’s contributions have set a benchmark in the medical community. [3,4] 

National Doctor’s Day 2021 Theme and Significance

It is no wonder that Doctor Day has gained more importance in the current COVID-19 scenario. The selfless efforts of doctors across India have been hard to miss. Every year, Doctor’s Day is celebrated with a special theme. While the theme for 2021 has not been announced yet, the year 2020 theme was ‘Lessen the mortality of COVID-19.’ The year 2019 focused on the theme ‘Zero tolerance to violence against doctors.’ [4,5]

Additional Read: Critical care measures to take for COVID-19 with pre-existing medical conditions 

How we observe National Doctor’s Day in India 

This day is observed in different ways across the country. Health centers organize medical check-up and health screening camps on this day. They provide free blood and sugar tests, EEGs, and ECGs to name a few. On doctor day, underserved communities across the nation are also educated about the importance of health and prevention of diseases. Many discussion forums and conferences are also conducted along with health awareness and counselling camps. [5,6]

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What you can do this National Doctor’s Day

National Doctor’s Day is the right time to honor the medical fraternity for their tireless efforts and dedication. Show your gratitude by presenting a bouquet of carnation flowers to your doctor as the red carnation flower is symbolic for the medical profession. It represents love, courage, charity, and sacrifice. You may also give your doctor a greeting card or send a personal message of thanks over the phone, wishing them happy National Doctor’s Day. Such small gestures will denote your appreciation and are sure to make a lasting impact. [7] 

Whether it is a common cold or a deadly disease, we need doctors. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to address our health and live full lives. Doctor’s Day is a day to acknowledge healthcare professionals for their relentless support and selfless service. On this day, you can also ensure that you take a proactive approach to your health. Instead of visiting a doctor only when you observe a symptom, visit your general physician bi-annually. This helps prevent the spread of diseases and lowers the burden on doctors. Now, you can book a doctor consultation or lab test with ease by using the Bajaj Finserv Health platform.

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