National Doctors Day 2021
India celebrates National Doctors’ Day on July 1 every year to honour the birth and death anniversary of great physician and second chief minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. This day serves to show gratitude to all those doctors who have selflessly aided us in our time of need and tirelessly worked for the health of their patients. Pandemic situation the importance of doctors has been increased and each and every Indian knew the important of a doctor. Especially in covid situation when thousands of doctor give their life to save their patients it is our duty to tribute honour to our tireless doctors who have been working 24 hours in difficult situations without caring of their life. Speciality this year we are giving tribute to all those doctors and frontline health workers who worked tirelessly in covid situation.
Doctor’s Day is not just celebrated in India but also in different countries, however, on different dates. In the United States it is observed on March 30, in Cuba on December 3 and in Iran, it is celebrated on August 23. First time the Doctor’s Day was observed in March 1933 in the US state of Georgia. This day was celebrated by sending a card to the physicians and placing flowers on the graves of doctors who have passed away.
National Doctor’s Day: History
National Doctor’s Day is observed to honour the legendary physician and West Bengal’s second Chief Minister, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary coincides on the same day. The day pays tribute to the whole medical profession and highlights the value of doctors in our lives. In 1991, the National Doctor’s Day was established by the Central Government to pay honour Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy and is celebrated on 1st July.
Dr.Bidhan Chandra Roy was born on 1 July, 1882 and also died on the same date in 1962. On 4 February, 1961, he was honoured with India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. In different countries, Doctor’s Day is observed on different dates. Like in the United States it is observed on 30 March, in Cuba on 3rd December, and on 23 August in Iran.
Note: First time the Doctor’s Day was observed in March 1933 in the US state of Georgia. This day was celebrated by sending a card to the physicians and placing flowers on the graves of dead doctors.
About Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
He was a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter. He was the second Chief Minister of Bengal and remained around 14 years in his post from 1948 until his death in 1962. He is also considered the great architect of West Bengal. The five cities of West Bengal were also founded by him namely: Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani and Habra. He was also a member of Brahmo Samaj. In the Medical College of Calcutta, he was the alumnus of the University of Calcutta. In his memory, the Union Government had also instituted an award. In 1928, he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and also in the establishment of the Medical Council of India (MCI).