Doctors' Day is celebrated in India to create awareness on the roles,
contributions and responsibilities of doctors. The day reminds medical
professionals to dedicate themselves to treat the poor and vulnerable, and also
uphold the legal and moral ethics of their profession.
History of National Doctors' Day
Honor a physician with the honor due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. - Ecclesiasticus 38:1
by the Government of India in 1991, National Doctors' Day is celebrated in the
memory of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, a well-known physician and second Chief
Minister of West Bengal, who was born on July 1, and also breathed his last on
the same day.
B.C. Roy was honored with Bharat Ratna (highest Indian civilian award) on
February 4, 1961.
was born on July 1, 1882, in Patna (Bihar). After he completed medical
graduation from Calcutta, Dr. Roy was one of the few people who went to London
and completed M.R.C.P and F.R.C.S degrees in less than three years. In 1911, he
returned to India and began his career as a physician. Several years later,
Dr.Roy joined the Calcutta Medical College as a professor. Later, he moved on
to Campbell Medical School and then to Carmichael Medical College.
Roy was a most famous physician, renowned educationist and also a freedom
fighter. His entry, though unplanned at the time, was through his participation
in Mahatma Gandhi's Civil Disobedience Movement. Eventually, he was elected as
the leader of the Indian National Congress and then, became the Chief Minister
of the West Bengal.
Roy passed away on his birthday - July 1, 1962, leaving an 80-year legacy of
great service. In honor of his contributions, the Indian government instituted
the Dr. B.C. Roy National Award in 1976.
How National Doctors' Day Is Celebrated
over a billion people in the country, India's healthcare system will come to
standstill without its doctors. The annual celebration of National Doctors' Day
is a way of saying 'Thank You' to the medical community and to applaud their
National Doctors' Day, healthcare workers at different healthcare organizations
across the country organize a variety of events and activities. Rotary Club of
North Calcutta and North East Calcutta Social & Welfare Organization
organizes a big event every year for the grand celebration on National Doctors
are conducted on the various aspects of medical profession such as health check-up
, prevention, diagnosis,
proper treatment of the disease and so on. The event also promotes rotational
medical services by doctors. Camps offer free medical checkup and a general
screening test at many health centers and public places, health counseling and
nutrition talks are given for free and small awareness campaigns are conducted
among poor people and senior citizens on chronic diseases. These camps also
offer free blood test, random blood sugar test, ECG, EEG, blood pressure
and colleges also conduct debates, discussions and quiz competitions on various
medical topics. They come up with new educational strategies in the medical
profession and find many creative ways to implement them.
July 1, doctors are flooded with greeting cards, appreciation cards, e-cards,
flowers, greeting messages through the mails, etc. Special meetings, parties
and dinner get-togethers are organized at the health centers, hospitals and
nursing homes to commemorate importance of National Doctors' Day.