National doctors’ Day – A walk down memory lane!
Every year National Doctors’ Day of India is celebrated on the 1st of July on the birth Anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was fondly addressed as the 1st medical consultant of the subcontinent, by the ‘British Medical Journal’. The day was commemorated in 1991 to acknowledge his contributions in the medical field. He was an excellent medical practitioner who completed his education in London despite facing racism.
He began pursuing medicine at Calcutta after which he wanted to go to London for his master’s. But, he was refused admission 30 times solely because of his Asian background. After finally getting admission and completing his education, he came back to India and began doing immensely great things for the medical field. His contributions include establishing Jadavpur T.B Hospital, Chittaranjan Seva Sadan, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Victoria Institution, Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital, and Chittaranjan Seva Sadan for women and children.
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy also actively participated in the freedom struggle and was a noble politician. He was the 2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal. He was honored with the highest civilian award in India, The Bharat Ratna on February 4th, 1961. After playing such a crucial role in the Indian medical field, he also died on the 1st of July- the same day he was born.
National Doctor’s Day of India is celebrated to honour the extraordinary contribution of doctors and health care workers in the medical field. They have been working so hard to save and cure so many lives. Their services for the nation have always been crucial and exemplary indeed. The medical profession is considered noble not only because of the lives saved but because of the selfless part doctors play in it.
We are obliged to thank all the doctors, nurses, and health care professionals for their hard work and sacrifice, especially during the pandemic. They are putting their life at stake in order to save ours. They’ve been away from home, working non-stop, under rigorous safety conditions just to cure us of the virus. There is no better day to thank our real-life heroes than on our country’s National Doctors’ Day. We wish all the doctors a very happy and proud National Doctors’ Day. We are forever grateful for your services.