Doctor's Day Special: Why India Celebrates Medical Professionals on July 1

If we did not recognize the importance of doctors before, we are certainly learning just how much they contribute to society, amid the coronavirus pandemic. While we are self-isolating, it is the doctors who are constantly fighting for the lives of people who have been infected with the deadly virus. With the number of infected people on the rise every day and hospitals teaming with hundreds of people, it has never been more important to appreciate the efforts that doctors make to ensure that we sufficiently recover from whatever may be ailing us and continue to remain healthy. Doctors are truly the greatest heroes, of not just the present but of all time.

On June 28, 2020, Dr. Aseem Gupta, aged 52, who was serving in the frontline of the war against the pandemic at the COVID government facility at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi, died of the novel coronavirus infection, which he had contracted while treating his patients. But it wasn’t just him who had tested positive for COVID-19, his wife, also a doctor suffered the same fate. Dr. Nirupama Attreya who survived the battle against the pandemic says, “He was a fighter and a COVID-19 hero. He died fighting COVID-19, and I will remember him for his fighting spirit.”

This is not the story of Dr. Aseem Gupta alone, there are many doctors and healthcare workers who are constantly risking their lives in a bid to save the lives of thousands and thousands of people. While we have the privilege to stay at home during these times of crisis, it is doctors who are battling the deadly virus from the frontline. Doctors are truly the greatest heroes and to celebrate the work of such great heroes India marks July 1 as National Doctor’s Day. 

India celebrates National Doctor’s Day on July 1 every year, on this day doctors across the country are honored for their relentless service. This day is like a tribute to all medical and healthcare professionals who have attended to patients and did their bit for the society irrespective of all odds.

 

National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on July 1 each year, in honor of the birth and death anniversary of the great physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Since then India has grown by leaps and bounds in the medical field, not just to further Dr. B.C. Roy’s work but also with new and innovative techniques. This day serves to show gratitude to all those who have selflessly aided us in our time of need and tirelessly worked for the health of their patients by commemorating the greatest representative of these ideals.

In 1991, the government of India recognized July 1 as the doctor’s day. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy was felicitated with the Bharat Ratna award in 1961. The legendary physician was the second chief minister of West Bengal.

 

Doctor’s Day was established by the Government of India in 1991 to be recognized and celebrated every year on July 1 every year in India. Doctor’s Day is observed on different dates across the world. In the United States and Australia, the day is observed on March 30. In Canada, it is celebrated as National Physicians’ Day on May 1.

Dr. Kshitiz Murdia, the CEO of Indira IVF says, “Doctors are special, and this year is one where we have seen them as our real-life heroes. Doctor’s Day is an opportunity to thank all the heroes in the medical fraternity for their selfless contributions. They are pulling long hours and working round the clock as the world is gripped with this pandemic. We at Indira IVF, are ensuring special precautions for our doctors, health-care staff, and patients with the best-in-class protocols.”

Every year a theme is set for the celebration of doctor’s day. This year’s theme is “Lessen the mortality of COVID 19”. In other words, it is associated with the plight of doctors, given the enhanced respect, they have garnered with their fight against the novel coronavirus in 2020. 

 

COVID 19 is highly infectious and thus to treat the patients, doctors, and para-medical staff has to wear Personal Protection Equipment or PPE which comprises protective clothing, goggles, gloves, etc. But these are in short supply and expensive and healthcare workers are under pressure to conserve resources.

 

Doctors are in the frontline of the battle against coronavirus pandemic. With reports of para-medical staff and doctors getting infected by coronavirus coming into the light, the focus has now shifted to these brave souls.

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