Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the world has realized the importance of doctors more than ever. July 1 is celebrated as National Doctor’s Day in India to honour doctors and physicians who work round the clock to serve people.
In India, Doctor’s Day is celebrated by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and it announces a theme every year. Last year, the theme for National Doctor’s Day was ‘Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishments’. The theme of this year’s Doctors Day is “Lessen the mortality of COVID 19”. This includes awareness about asymptomatic hypoxia and early aggressive therapy.
“Doctors Day of 2020 is dedicated to the innumerable doctors who are serving during this epidemic in the primary and secondary care setups as well as the dedicated COVID care hospitals,” the IMA said.
Why we celebrate Doctor’s day?
National Doctor’s Day in India is celebrated to honour the birth and death anniversary of the great physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was also the second Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Roy was deeply interested in learning medicine. He kept trying to submit his application at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in England even after being rejected 30 times.
This year, the West Bengal government has announced a state holiday on July 1 and has urged the central government to announce it a national holiday.
PM Modi, others express gratitude
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter and posted a video to thank doctors who have been taking care of each and everyone following the coronavirus outbreak.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 1, 2020
“India salutes our doctors- exceptional care givers who are at the forefront of a spirited fight against COVID-19,” he tweeted.
“On Doctor’s Day, I salute our brave Doctors who have been leading the battle against COVID-19 at the forefront. Their uttermost commitment to keep the nation safe and healthy in these challenging times is truly exceptional. Nation salutes their devotion and sacrifice,” tweeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The Border Security Forces (BSF) also expressed gratitue towards all the doctor with a tweet.
On Doctors Day, BSF salutes all those lifesavers forming the First Line of Defence against disease and COVID-19 Pandemic.
Thank you for keeping our fellow citizens, Praharis & families safe and cared in these times. #JaiHind #FirstLineofDefence #AjeyaPrahari #doctorsday2020 pic.twitter.com/wFBfO7JpGD
— BSF (@BSF_India) July 1, 2020
“On Doctors Day, BSF salutes all those lifesavers forming the First Line of Defence against disease and COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you for keeping our fellow citizens, Praharis & families safe and cared in these times,” the tweet reads.
Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar too expressed her gratitude to the Health Heroes on the national doctor’s day 2020.