New Delhi: On July 1 each year India celebrates National Doctor’s Day, on this day doctors throughout the country are honored for their relentless service. This day is like a tribute to all medical and healthcare professionals who, regardless of all odds, have taken care of patients and have done their bit for the society.
The National Doctor’s Day is celebrated in memory of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, a former West Bengal chief minister and a well-known doctor. He was born on 1 July 1882 and died in 1962 on the same day, aged 80.
On February 4, 1961, Dr Roy was honored with the highest civilian award in the world, Bharat Ratna. In 1991, India started celebrating the National Doctor’s Day in honour of Dr Roy as a great physician.
Although Doctor’s Day is observed on various dates worldwide, it is observed in the United States on March 30, in Iran on August 23, and in Cuba on December 3.
Although this year it has been especially rough on medical professionals due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The doctors’ hard work and commitment since the pandemic’s start has been deserving of praise.