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National Doctors’ Day: History and significance

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Guwahati: India celebrates National Doctors’ Day on July 1 every year to honour the birth and death anniversary of the great physician and second chief minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.

This day serves to show gratitude to all those doctors who have selflessly aided us in our time of need and tirelessly worked for the health of their patients.

National Doctor’s Day History

National Doctor’s Day was first observed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in India on July 1, 1991, to mark the birth and the death anniversary of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.

Dr Roy was born on July 1, 1882. He died on the same date in 1962, at the age of 80. He played an important role in the establishment of the Medical Council of India and the Indian Medical Association. He was also conferred with the honour of Bharat Ratna, on February 4, 1961.

This day was celebrated by sending a card to the physicians and placing flowers on the graves of doctors who have passed away.

 Significance of National Doctors’ Day

The Government of India established Doctors’ Day in 1991 to recognize the contributions of BC Roy. He played an important role in the establishment of the Medical Council of India and the Indian Medical Association. This day is celebrated to acknowledge the role of doctors in the progress of this nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, remembered Dr BC Roy. Speaking about doctors in the backdrop of Doctors’ Day, PM Modi said, “On July 1, we will celebrate National Doctors’ Day. We must pay tribute to our doctors who ensured that India did not succumb to the challenges posed by Covid-19.”

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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