In India, Doctor’s Day is observed on 1st July by the Indian medical Association (IMA) to mark the importance of doctors hold in our lives. This day is also meant to commemorate the medical industry and its advancements.
On the occasion of National Doctor’s Day, PM Modi addressed the doctor’s community at a program organized by the IMA.
Why is National Doctor’s Day celebrated on July 1?
National Doctors’ Day is actually celebrated on July 1 to mark the birthday of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was a world-renowned physician, freedom fighter, and politician who held the post of chief minister of West Bengal.
- The first National Doctors’ Day was celebrated in the year 1991 in the honour of Dr BC Roy’s contributions to serving humanity and to the medical field.
- He was born on July 1, 1882, and incidentally passed away on the same date in the year 1962.
- Dr Roy was awarded with the Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961.
- He was instrumental in establishment of institutions like Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital, Chittaranjan Seva Sadan, Jadavpur T.B. Hospital, Victoria Institution (college), and Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, among others.
- Apart from his service to the nation and to the field of medicine, Dr Roy was also instrumental in the establishment of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
More about Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy:
- Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy was born in Patna, Bihar.
- He studied at Patna Collegiate School, Presidency College Calcutta and Patna College.
- He did his post-graduation from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, where his application was accepted by the Dean after 30 rejections.
- There he became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He returned to India in 1911 and whole-heartedly devoted himself to community service and to the freedom movement.
- Dr Roy actively helped students and freedom fighters during the struggle for independence.
- He was also close confidante and doctor of Mahatma Gandhi.
- He was also the second chief minister of West Bengal.
National Doctors’ Day – Significance:
- The day is dedicated to all the doctors and healthcare workers who have been serving the people by risking their lives.
- The day is observed to recognize their functions and obligations.
- Pandemic has once again has become a reminder about the contributions and sacrifices made by doctors and healthcare workers around the globe.
- Doctor’s day is not just celebrated in India but also in different countries but on different dates.
- In the US it is observed on March 30,
- In Cuban the day is observed on December 3.
- For the first time the Doctor’s Day was observed in March 1933 in the US state of Georgia and was celebrated by sending a card to the physicians and offering flowers on the graves of doctors who have passed away.