The National Doctors’ Day in India is celebrated on the 1st of July every year. It is a campaign attempting to increase awareness about the roles, responsibilities, and the importance of doctors in society. It also promotes and encourages medical professionals and doctors for following their responsibilities with dedication and efficiency. It is also a way to express gratitude and appreciation towards medical professionals and acknowledge their commitments towards society.
All doctors after graduation take oath for the selfless service to humanity. Over the years, doctors have been providing the same without any prejudice to the profession. Of late a society outlook has changed towards doctors resulting in attacks on doctors. This doctor day, by means of this article, we would make an attempt to change society outlook towards doctors. Health is defined by WHO, as a state of complete social psychological and physical wellbeing and not merely an absence of infirmity. Being healthy is the responsibility of every individual. Doctor steps in, once an individual feels unhealthy.
In India, the National Doctors’ Day is celebrated to honour legendary doctor and 2nd chief minister of West Bengal, “Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy”. This day is celebrated as a tribute to him and to acknowledge his work towards society during his entire medical profession. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy was born on 1st July 1882 in Bihar and passed away on 1st July 1962 in West Bengal. He was one of the famous freedom fighters and physicians. He was a highly respected West Bengal’s chief minister for 14 years. He was also a great architect and founded five cities of West Bengal, which include Habra, Bidhannagar, Durgapur, Kalyani, and Ashoknagar. He was honoured with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.
Why National Doctors’ Day is Celebrated in India?
In India, the National Doctors’ Day was first celebrated in 1991 and since then it is celebrated every year on the 1st of July.
National Doctors’ Day is a great opportunity in India to acknowledge the actual need of physicians and doctors in today’s society. This is an annual celebration as well as an awareness program that helps people to understand the roles, responsibilities, and importance of medical professionals. It is a well-known fact that people are dependent on doctors and their quality treatments in many ways. This shows the value and importance of the medical profession. National Doctors’ Day gives people an opportunity to show encouragement and support towards doctors and medical professionals.
This annual celebration campaign is a great opportunity for all doctors to reflect on their roles and responsibilities to save the life of the people.
General Camps Organized on National Doctors’ Day
There are several camps organized on this day to make people aware of different issues related to health. Some of the common health camps organized on this day are:
● Health Counseling
● Health Nutrition Talk
● Chronic Diseases Awareness
● Free Blood Test
● Free Blood Sugar Test
● ECG and EEG
● Blood Pressure Checkup
National Doctors’ Day is celebrated every year to show respect towards medical professionals who dedicatedly work to save the lives of patients. This day gives us an opportunity to come together as a society and honour the practitioners of this noble profession.
Prevention is better than cure. But individuals tend to ignore or willfully become ignorant of their illness. They remain in denial mode. But if anything goes wrong with them, then the doctor is blamed for not treating them well. We need to take healthcare in a holistic approach. Society needs to understand that. Today on doctors day, we would like to create awareness about society's role in health care and its responsibilities towards health care. Support the doctors and make health care effective qualitatively and quantitatively. Society needs to take a pledge to support health care in their surroundings and support doctors to prevent various diseases.