Introduction – National Doctors Day will be celebrated by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on July 1 every year. This day is observed for commemorating the birth and death anniversary of former Chief Minister of Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.
This day is dedicated to all the healthcare workers and doctors who are working during Covid-19 situations by risking their lives. This pandemic has once again reminded us about the sacrifices and great contributions made by health workers and doctors all over the world.
History – National Doctors Day was first observed in the year 1991 to honor the former Chief Minister of Bengal Dr. Bidhan Roy for recognizing his contribution to serving humanity. Dr. Roy was born on July 1, 1882, and was a great doctor that provides a huge contribution to the medical field. He died on a similar date at an age of 80 years in the year 1962. Dr. Roy was also chief minister of West Bengal from 1948 until his death in the year 1962.
Dr. Roy was also received Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor on February 4, 1961, and played an important role in establishing several medical institutions such as Chittaranjan Seva Sadan, Victoria Institution, (college), Chittranjan Cancer Hospital, Jadavpur T.B. Hospital, Kamla Nehru Memorial, Chittranjan Seva Sadan for women and children. Dr. Bidhan Roy was also called the first medical consultant in the subcontinent of India that risen over his contemporaries in some fields by the British Medical Journal.
Significance – This day is observed to pay attention towards the important role of doctors with their responsibilities in saving lives. The medical doctors and health workers have working 24×7 by risking their lives to save several lives during the pandemic all around the world. Praise to their dedication and spirit that they continued for working constantly in the situation of the pandemic.