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National Doctor’s Day 2017 - Medicines Cure But A Doctor Heals

National Doctor’s Day 2017 - Medicines Cure But A Doctor Heals

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  • Medical profession is universally regarded as a noble profession, dedicated to healing the body and mind of the sick patient.
  • National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on 1st July to honor Dr B. C. Roy, noted physician and statesman, and lauds the immense contribution of doctors towards society.

National Doctor's Day in India is observed every year on 1st July, which also happens to be the birthday of the renowned Bengali doctor and Bharat Ratna (the highest Indian civilian award) awardee Dr B. C. Roy.

The official symbol of Doctor's Day is the red carnation. It is believed that the red color of the flower embodies the characters of medical profession, namely adoration, charity, sacrifice, and bravery.


Birth of National Doctor's Day

In 1991 the Government of India declared 1st July as National Doctor's Day to honor one of  the greatest Indian physicians of the modern era Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.  He was born on 1st July 1882, and died on the same day 80 years later after a distinguished career.

How is Doctor's Day Celebrated?

On this day, the nation's doctors are honored,  their service to the people recognized, and their efforts lauded. The day is also meant to create awareness and kindle an interest in the medical profession.
  • Several events are planned by various organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to commemorate distinguished members of the profession.
  • Free medical camps and health check-ups are organized to screen for common health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. There may be health talks by prominent doctors aired on media to spread the message about good health, common health conditions and their prevention, especially among marginalized populations like the poor, women and the elderly.
  • To kindle an interest in the profession among the youth, educational institutions organize debates, quiz competitions and sports activities. Prominent doctors could be invited as guest speakers. In fact, they could also be urged to volunteer in their own community to raise awareness about specific health issues and possibly contribute in the local newspaper about specific events or initiatives taken on this occasion.
  • Importantly, this is a day when patients and clinical staff in various health centers and clinics greet their doctors with flowers, bouquets, cards or may even cut a cake to show their appreciation and admiration for their favorite doctor.

Busting the Myths About Doctors

It would not be out of place on this occasion to point out certain wrongly held notions about doctors that continue to persist across the world.
  • Contrary to what people may say or believe, most doctors are dedicated and committed to the care of their patients, even sacrificing time spent with their family, missing out on important occasions and festivals, and choosing instead to be in the hospital, tending to their patients.

    Just because a few doctors fail to show kindness, and concern, for the patient or appear to have little dedication to their profession, it would be wrong to blame the entire medical community.
  • It might also be worthwhile for patients to realize that doctors are, after all, only human! And despite the best medical care, it may not always be possible to cure certain conditions or save a person's life. Patients should refrain from blaming doctors unfairly or indulging in irresponsible and violent behavior, thereby disrupting the peace of the hospital and disturbing other patients.
About Dr B. C. Roy
  • Bidhan Chandra Roy was born in Patna, Bihar on 1st July 1882. He studied MBBS at Calcutta Medical College. He went to England to pursue higher studies and completed both MRCP and FRCS degrees in over two years.
  • On returning to India, he taught in Calcutta Medical College, Campbell Medical School and then Carmichael Medical College.
  • He established many hospitals, including the Chittaranjan Seva Sadan for women and children. He also made enormous contributions to the field of medical education.
  • He became involved and took part in the Indian freedom struggle and entered politics. After independence, he became the second Chief Minister of Bengal in 1948 and discharged his duties efficiently.
  • For his service to the nation, he was conferred the Bharat Ratna on 4th February 1961. On 1st July 1962, he passed away at the age of 80.
  • The B. C. Roy award was established in 1962 in his memory and is awarded in several categories including Eminent Statesmanship, Eminent Medical Man cum Statesman, Eminent Person in Arts, Science, Philosophy, and Eminent Medical Person. It is conferred by the President of India on the occasion of National Doctor's Day on 1st July each year.
In conclusion, the role of doctors in any society is critical because they are the guardians of the nation's health and well-being, which is, in turn, a key factor in determining the country's economic development and growth. Let us join hands, this National Doctor's Day, to celebrate these remarkable custodians of health.

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