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National Doctors’ Day

“Medicines cure diseases but only doctors can cure patients.”

-Carl Jung

In India, Doctors’ Day or National Doctors’ Day is celebrated on the 1st July by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), in the honour of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy’s birth and death anniversary.

  • This day is dedicated to all the doctors and healthcare workers around the globe for their dedicated service. The day is observed in India as a recognition and appreciation of the significant roles and responsibilities that doctors have. It also highlights and brings awareness to the public the important and precious work doctors do in saving lives.

National Doctors’ Day History

For the first time, the day was celebrated in July 1991 as the anniversary of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy’s birth and death on July 1. He 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 was former chief minister of West Bengal and a great physician. He was honoured with the country’s highest civilian award named Bharat Ratna award on 4th February 1961. He is one of the rare people in the history of India who has pursued FRCS and MRCP degrees at the same time.

  • He played a significant role in establishing medical institutions like Jadavpur T.B. Hospital, Chittaranjan Seva Sadan, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Victoria Institution (college), Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital and the Chittaranjan Seva Sadan for women and children.

  • India has grown in the medical field by leaps and bound, not only to further the work of Dr B.C. Roy but also with new and innovative techniques.

  • National Doctors’ Day celebration is an attempt to accentuate the importance of doctors in our lives and give them our gratitude by commemorating one of their greatest representatives.

National Doctors’ Day 2021 Theme

IMA headquarters has declared “Save The Saviours” as the theme of this year’s National Doctors’ Day.

  • The National Doctors’ Day is dedicated to show gratitude to countless workers in the field of medicine, who have unconditionally and selflessly helped us in the time of need for the wellbeing of their patients. It's that time of the year to celebrate the real heroes out there who are fighting the long war against the coronavirus for our safety at the cost of their own. With the coronavirus pandemic still looming over our day-to-day lives, the significance of National Doctor's Day 2021 has increased ten folds. In several parts of the country, the central phase is patient care, patient safety and therapy.

  • Luckily, this year situation is not like last year 2020. This year we got vaccine to lessen the impact of COVID-19. The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight COVID-19. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the front-line warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine. And if you have not vaccinated yet, get yourself vaccinated first.

Let us celebrate the National Doctors' Day 2021 of our country for fighting against Covid-19. Get vaccinated, strengthen the fight against COVID-19. Together let us defeat COVID-19, get yourself vaccinated as per your turn.

  • Last but not the least, this day is dedicated to all the doctors opportune to remind them of their vital role in our lives. Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, when the instances have elevated tremendously, the medical doctors have been working 24*7 risking their lives and desperately making an attempt to save several lives.

Instead of thinking about their own safety and their family’s safety, they chose to serve the nation. Kudos to their spirit and dedication that they continued to work untiringly in the hour of crisis.

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“Not all heroes wear capes. In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the real heroes wear scrubs.”

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