National Doctor’s Day 2023: Significance, Facts, Celebration

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Doctors are the foremost frontlines who work day and night to take care of people, essential for providing the right diagnosis and support for people’s mental and physical health. With their swift action in emergency cases and unprecedented cases, doctors are hailed for their contribution to society. This is especially notable when pandemics like COVID-19 take the world by storm, for doctors risk their lives and put others before themselves. To commemorate doctors and their contributions, National Doctor’s Day is celebrated every year in India on July 1. Let’s learn more about this day in this blog so continue reading.

Why is National Doctor’s Day Celebrated?

Originally, National Doctor’s Day in India came into effect in memory of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, to honour the contributions he made in the field of medicine. It was in 1991 when the Indian government officially declared this decision. Dr Roy was born on July 1 and also died on the same day. Therefore, the day, of utmost significance of his being, is regarded as the day to celebrate National Doctor’s Day. 

Taking inspiration from his life and work, more and more advancement in the field along with the importance of doctors is esteemed significant for the celebration of this day. To honour the life of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, while regarding the impact of doctors with great respect is why National Doctor’s Day is celebrated. 

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Who Was Dr B.C Roy?

Let’s learn a bit more about Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy or  Dr B.C. Roy, after whom National Doctor’s Day is celebrated in India. His birthday was on July 1, 1882, and his birthplace was in Patna, Bihar. After studying medicine at Calcutta, he furthered his studies in London, where he received his MRCP and FRCS degrees. Did you know that apart from being a well-known physician, he was also a freedom fighter? He received the Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961. Moreover, he also served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1948 to 1962. His work in medicine is so noteworthy that  B.C. Roy National Award was also established to honour outstanding individuals in the field of medicine, science, etc.  

Did You Know:  Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy was the personal physician of Mahatma Gandhi. 

Significance of National Doctor’s Day 

Next, the below-mentioned points talk about the significance of the day. 

  1. The day helps spread awareness about the contributions in medicine and the latest know-how. 
  2. It also helps patients understand their rights and role, along with the doctors’ roles and obligations. 
  3. It further celebrates the names of many esteemed doctors who gave their lives to save others. 
  4. It further sends a particular message of appreciation for doctors in times of emergencies and pandemics such as COVID-19, which invokes the greatest sense of understanding for the general public. 
  5. It allows healthcare professionals to feel appreciated and recognised for their efforts. 

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How Can You Celebrate National Doctor’s Day?

At an individual level, you can celebrate National Doctor’s Day as well. How? With these points below! 

  1. If you have a personal or family doctor, the first day you should do is share your appreciation and gratitude with them. 
  2. You can send flowers like red carnations and/or hand-made cards (or otherwise) to healthcare workers and professionals who you remember as a great support to you during hard times. 
  3. Furthermore, you can respect the memory of the doctors who have lost their life by attending a vigil or an event commemorating their life. 
  4. You can also research and take to social media and spread awareness about the importance and hard work of doctors. 
  5. Furthermore, you can do what any doctor wants from you: listen to them and their advice! Take care of your health and don’t skip medicines!

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Interesting Facts on Doctors and Medicine 

Interested to know some interesting facts about doctors? Have a look below!


Which day is National Doctors Day in India?

National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on July 1 in India. 

Which day is National Doctors Day in India?

India started celebrating  National Doctors’ Day to commemorate the work and contributions of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.

Who was Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy?

 Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy was one of the most noteworthy physicians and leaders in India, who played a crucial role in the development of the healthcare system in the country. 

That was all about National Doctor’s Day celebrated on July 1. Remember to wish your doctor on this day! For more such interesting blogs, stay tuned to Wings by Leverage Edu

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