DOCTOR'S DAY

National Doctor’s Day 2020: Theme The theme of National Doctor’s Day 2019 was “Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment”. Every year the theme was announced by the Indian Medical Association. The theme raises awareness about the violence happening with the doctors across India. This year's theme is not yet announced. National Doctor’s Day: History National Doctor's Day is observed to honour the legendary physician and West Bengal's second Chief Minister, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary coincides on the same day. This day pays tribute to the whole medical profession and to highlight the value of doctors in our lives. In 1991, the National Doctor's Day was established by the Central Government to pay honour Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy and is celebrated on 1st July. Dr.Bidhan Chandra Roy was born on 1 July, 1882 and also died on the same date in 1962. On 4 February, 1961, he was honoured with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. In different countries, the Doctor's Day is observed on different dates. Like in the United States it is observed on 30 March, in Cuba on 3rd December and on 23 August in Iran. Note: First time the Doctor's Day was observed in March 1933 in the US state of Georgia. This day was celebrated by sending a card to the physicians and placing flowers on the graves of dead doctors. About Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy He was a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter. He was the second Chief Minister of Bengal and remained around 14 years in his post from 1948 until his death in 1962. He is also considered as the great architect of West Bengal. The five cities of West Bengal were also founded by him namely: Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani and Habra. He was also a member of Brahmo Samaj. In the Medical College of Calcutta, he was the alumnus of the University of Calcutta. In his memory, the Union Government had also instituted an award. 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). About Dr. Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi (31 March 1865 – 26 February 1887): She was the first Indian female Physician. She was the first woman from the erstwhile Bombay Presidency of India to study and graduate with a two-year degree in western medicine in the United States. She was also referred to as Anandibai Joshi and Anandi Gopal Joshi (where Gopal came from Gopalrao, which is her husband's first name).

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