National Doctor’s Day is observed every year on 1st July in India in memory of the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, acknowledging the contributions of the doctor’s humane service to mankind. He was honoured with India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna on 4 February, 1961.
In different countries, the Doctor’s Day is observed on different dates.
Dr. Roy was also a renowned freedom fighter and was considered as the great architect of West Bengal. He was the second Chief Minister of Bengal and remained around 14 years in his post from 1948 until his death in 1962. The five cities of West Bengal were also founded by him, i.e., Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani and Habra. In his memory, the Union Government had also instituted an award. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of Indian Medical Association (IMA) in 1928, and also in the establishment of the Medical Council of India (MCI).
On this day let’s salute the brave health warriors- our doctors- who are in the frontline to ward off Covid 19 pandemic!
Take a look at how Oxfordians celebrated Doctors’ Day: