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National Doctor’s Day 2024: Date, History, Significance, and Theme

National Doctor's Day 2024: Date, History, Significance, and Theme


Invisible gods give us breath, and visible gods doctors give us new life. Amidst the rigorous days of COVID-19, doctor’s service is no less than god to the people. We can never forget the services and support they provided during that time. Medicines may cure diseases, but it is the doctors who heal the patients truly. Their invaluable services are remembered and celebrated on the 1st of July every year as National Doctor’s Day. Let’s see why we celebrate Doctor’s Day and what is the history.

 History of National Doctor’s Day

National Doctor’s Day in India is celebrated on the 1st of July every year in the memory of the most famous physician of India, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. This day is celebrated as his birthday and death anniversary. Dr. Roy was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal. He did his FRCS and MRCP and played a vital role in setting up the Indian Institute of Mental Health and the Infectious Disease Hospital in Kolkata. Dr. Roy served the public selflessly; he offered free medical care and quality service to the common people. He worked tirelessly as the Chief Minister and ensured that law and order were maintained. He donated his house to the public, which really was a big gesture. He was awarded Bharat Ratna, which happens to be the highest civilian award in India, after taking note of his service.

Significance of National Doctor’s Day

In the year 1976, a national award was instituted in memory of the invaluable medical services provided by Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of July every year to provide a recall to his gigantic help. Actually, this day does not remain memorized only for Dr. Roy but for all the doctors who follow in his footsteps and change lives and provide a number of services. This is a respect paid to all those doctors who have spent their lives in service to Humanity, healing and saving people.

 The theme for National Doctor’s Day 2024

The theme selected for the National Doctor’s Day Celebration in 2024 is “Healing Hands, Caring Hearts.” This reflects the dedication, compassion, and empathy shown by them in their medical practice as a gesture to acknowledge the endless effort taken by those doctors in saving lives and developing public health.

To all those doctors who never tire of securing and saving lives, you are truly the heroes. Wishing all doctors a very Happy National Doctor’s Day!

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