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Doctors’ Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries, which is an interesting fact. The date varies by country, depending on the commemorative event used to mark the day. Every year on July 1, we celebrate it in India. It is the birth and death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the legendary physician and second Chief Minister of West Bengal. It was his belief that only a healthy person, strong in both mind and body, could ever hope to achieve India’s freedom, i.e. Swaraj. We celebrate Doctors’ Day not only to honour Dr. Roy, but also to recognise everyone in the medical field for their indefatigable efforts and dedication to patients. 

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers from all over the world have been battling the raging coronavirus war with unrivalled compassion and integrity. They have not only exposed themselves to the pathogen but have also worked beyond their shifts, staying away from their families, sometimes compromising their own life.  Furthermore, let’s not forget about the startups that recognised the vulnerability of the situation and developed innovative solutions in the healthcare sector.

Every year, a theme is chosen for National Doctors’ Day. This year’s theme for National Doctors’ Day is “Family doctors on the front line.” The theme is dedicated to all of the doctors and healthcare workers who have unquestioningly and selflessly assisted us and our families in our dire need of help. 

National Doctor’s Day: Celebrations

For several years, the government and non-government healthcare organisations have celebrated National Doctors’ Day to raise awareness of the contributions of doctors. Besides organising free medical check-up camps these organisations also conduct patient awareness programs, discussion events and  honorary awards for doctors. General screening test camps are also organised to assess the health status of the poor and senior citizens, as well as health counselling, health nutrition talks, and chronic disease awareness. Several colleges/schools also organise events to encourage young people to choose and pursue a career in medicine.

Not falling short in the race of felicitations, health tech startups have also started multiple ways to pay tribute to the extraordinary grit and strength of doctors. While some publish a magazine, some facilitate in person, others also use a simple token of gratitude to thank our ‘white coat warriors’. 

Hence, it is truly said, “God cannot be seen, but the contextual profile of God can be seen in the faces of doctors who save us and help us live better lives.”

Happy Doctor’s Day!

(This article is authored by Dr. Pooja Kohli, Associate Vice President, HempStreet.)

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