National Doctor's Day in
India is observed on 1st July every year to raise awareness about the roles,
importance and responsibilities of doctors and also to promote medical
professionals to come closer and take their responsibilities dedicatedly. This
blog will educate you more about National Doctors Day, its history behind
celebration in India, significance and objectives.
History of National
Doctor’s Day: This day is to honour the legendary physicians of India and most
importantly West Bengal's second Chief Minister, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary is on the
same day. This day honours the whole medical profession and also highlights the
role of doctors in our lives. In the year 1991, the Central Government established
National Doctor's Day was to be recognised and observed every year on 1 July to
pay tribute to Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.
About Dr B.C. Roy: He was born on July 1,
1882 at Patna, Bihar. He completed his medical graduation from Calcutta and his
MRCP and FRCS degrees from London. He began his career as a medical physician
in India in 1911. He then joined the Calcutta Medical College as a teaching faculty
and later moved to the Campbell Medical School and then to Carmichael Medical
This year’s theme: This year’s theme is “Zero
tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment”.
Every year, Indian Medical Association announces the theme. The theme will
raise awareness about the violence that the doctors are facing across India. First
week of July, i.e. “July 1 to Jul 8, 2019” will also be celebrated as ‘Safe Fraternity Week’.
Objectives of this day: Objectives of National
Doctor’s Day is as follows -
1. To acknowledge the role
and the importance of doctors in our lives.
2. To recognize the doctors
for their selfless service and their involvement in the lives of individuals
and the community as a whole.
Celebrations in the
National Doctor's Day is celebrated by the Government and also various
non-government healthcare organisations to get aware of the doctors
contributions. Many events and activities are organised by various Healthcare
organisations staff on this day. Also, big events are organised by the Rotary Club
of the North Calcutta and North East Calcutta Social & Welfare
Free Camps are organised: Free medical check-ups
camps are organised at various centres of health care and public places by the
health care organisations to promote free of cost quality medical services to
the public. Promotion of Rotational medical services is also done. Various
discussion programs are organised all over the country to spread awareness
among people about health check-up, prevention, diagnosis, proper treatment of
the disease etc.
Screening Camps: General screening test
camps are also organised to assess the health status, health counselling,
health nutrition talks and chronic diseases awareness among poor people and
Awareness is spread: Various activities are
also organised to make people aware of the priceless roles of doctors in
everyone lives like free blood test, random blood sugar test, ECG, EEG, blood
pressure check up and etc.
Several activities at schools and college levels are also
organised to encourage youth to choose and dedicatedly follow the medical
To conclude: National Doctor's Day is
observed every year on 1 July to honour Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy and his
contributions. Also, this day remind us to thank our doctors in providing us with selfless service and health care.
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