New Delhi: Life and medicine go hand in hand. The role of doctors in a deadly disease like corona was saluted all over the world. Today is National Doctor’s Day. Every year, July 1 is celebrated as National Doctors Day by the Indian Medical Association. On this day, a program is organized on the occasion of birth anniversary and death anniversary of former Chief Minister of Bengal Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. This special day is dedicated to doctors and healthcare workers who are risking their lives to save the lives of patients. Doctors Day is celebrated on different dates across the world.

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The day was first observed in 1991 in honor of former Bengal Chief Minister Dr BC Roy to recognize his contribution to the service of humanity. Dr. Roy was a great physician who made a great contribution to the medical field. He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962.

Dr B C Roy was also awarded the Bharat Ratna on 4 February 1961. He played an important role in the establishment of medical institutions like Jadavpur TB. Hospital, Chittaranjan Seva Sadan, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Victoria Institution (College), Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital and Chittaranjan Seva Sadan for women and children. He was also called the first medical consultant in the subcontinent of India, surpassed by his contemporaries in many fields by the British Medical Journal.

National Doctor’s Day is celebrated to pay attention to the role and responsibilities of medical doctors in the service of life. This day is considered to recognize their actions and obligations. Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, when the cases have increased significantly, doctors are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week and risking their lives to save the lives of patients. It is time to salute the spirit and dedication with which the doctors worked without caring for their lives. They worked tirelessly to save our lives in times of crisis.

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