- 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.
symbol of Doctor's
Day is the red carnation.
is believed that the red
color of the flower embodies the characters of medical profession, namely
adoration, charity, sacrifice, and bravery.
‘A good doctor treats the patient, not the disease!’
Birth of National Doctor's Day
Government of India
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
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
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
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
Just because a few doctors fail to
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
refrain from blaming doctors unfairly or indulging in irresponsible and
violent behavior, thereby disrupting the peace of the hospital and
disturbing other patients.
- 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
- 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
- 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.