10 facts about National Doctor’s Day

The first day of the month of July is celebrated as National Doctor’s Day in India to acknowledge the contributions of millions of doctors for their relentless effort to provide best care to patients, beating all odds on many fronts in life.

On the day, nation pays rich tribute to doctors, who considers saving life of a patient as single point goal. Their contribution to create a hale and hearty society is unfathomable.

Also read: Nation celebrates National Doctors Day, remembers Dr B C Roy

Let’s check 10 interesting facts about the day

  • 1st July is celebrated every year on this day to commemorate the birth and death anniversary of most famous physician of India Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy (Dr. B C Roy).

  • The Government of India formally dedicated the day to be celebrated as National Doctor’s Day first time in 1991 as a mark of respect to Roy, a famous doctor and second chief minister of West Bengal.

  • He was also a renowned educationist as well as a freedom fighter as he joined the Mahatma Gandhi during Civil Disobedience Movement.

  • The Indian Government honoured him with highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1961 for his immense contribution to the society.

  • The theme of 2019 National Doctors Day is “Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment”.

  • Doctors Day is celebrated on different dates world over. Some countries also observe holiday on this day.

  • While the United States celebrates the Day on March 30 Iran observes the Day on August 23.

  • In Brazil, National Doctors’ Day is celebrated as a holiday on October 18, the day on which the Catholic Church celebrates the birthday of Saint Luke.

  • In Cuba, National Doctors’ Day is celebrated as a holiday on December 3 to commemorate the birthday of Carlos Juan Finlay.

  • The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30th, 1933, in Winder, Georgia, US.

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