“God is busy, may I help you?”
Throughout centuries, doctors all around the globe have been abiding by this line. Several days have been observed around the nook and corners of the world to laud the benevolence portrayed by our white coat warriors. In India, National Doctor’s Day is celebrated every year on the 1st day of July. Doctor’s Day was observed for the very first time in March 1933 in the American state of Georgia and was celebrated by sending a card to physicians and by placing flowers on the graves of dead doctors.
Why is it celebrated?
It’s celebrated in honour of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy’s birth as well as death anniversary. A Bharat Ratna Awardee, Dr Roy was a renowned physician, freedom fighter and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal. He remained the CM for around 14 years until his death in 1962. He is also considered as the “Great Architect of West Bengal” since he founded five cities there: Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani, and Habra. He was also a member of Brahmo Samaj. He was the alumnus of the University of Calcutta. In 1928, he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and also in the establishment of the Medical Council of India (MCI). In his memory, the Union Government had also instituted an award.
Doctors who changed the course of their profession forever:
1. Ancient Greek Physician Hippocrates is regarded as the Father of Medicine
2. Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi was India’s first female physician
3. father of immunology, Dr. EDWARD Jenner’S workS were said to have “saved more lives than the work of any other human”
4. dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the First successful open-heart surgeon
5. He named it “penicillin” and the rest is history, Sir Alexander Fleming
6. DR. Helen Brooke Taussig, A pioneer in pediatric cardiology
7. DR. Charles Richard Drew, Father of the blood bank
8. DR. Elizabeth Blackwell, First female physician in the US
9. DR. Virginia Apgar, Inventor of the Apgar Score WHICH WAS THE FIRST standardized measurements for assessing a newborn’s transition upon leaving the womb
10. DR. Georges Mathé, Discovered treatment for leukemia
11. DR. Helene D. Gayle, HIV/AIDS researchER, public health. ALSO named one of Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women”.
Fighting a war against COVID-19
Amid the coronavirus crisis across the world, this National Doctor’s Day holds a special significance. This year’s Doctors Day theme is “Lessen the mortality of COVID-19”. It includes awareness about asymptomatic hypoxia and early aggressive therapy. The day is expected to hold state-level webinars and virtual meetings via video conferencing to acknowledge the efforts of doctors and medical practitioners amid coronavirus induced lockdown across the country.