The First Happy Doctors Day was celebrated in India in the year 1991. July 1 happens to be the birth and death anniversary of the most famous physician of India — Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. It is hence a tribute to his contributions to the health domain in the country.
He was born on July 1, 1882, and died on the same date in 1962, aged 80 years. He is one of the few people in history to have obtained FRCS and MRCP degrees simultaneously.
Dr. Roy was honored with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, on February 4, 1961. The celebration of the Doctors’ Day is an attempt to emphasize the value of doctors in our lives and to offer them our respects by commemorating one of their greatest representatives.
National Doctor’s Day is being celebrated for years by the government and non-government healthcare organizations. in order to get familiar with the doctor’s contributions. Consultation workshops, Free medical checkup camps, General screening test camps are organized across the country. Activities are also organized at the school and college level so as to encourage young students to take up the medical profession. Patients greet their doctors by distributing greeting cards, gifts, bouquets, etc.
National Doctors day in India is a big awareness campaign offering great opportunities to all to get aware of the roles, importance, and responsibilities of the doctors as well as promote medical professionals to come closer and follow the responsibilities of their profession very dedicatedly.
Each year National Doctor’s day is organized with a theme, last year’s being, “Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment”. This year’s theme is yet to be announced but we can assume it will be regarding the pandemic that we are undergoing.
Though happy Doctors Day is observed on different dates across the world, in the United States it is observed on March 30, on August 23 in Iran and in Cuba on December 3.