Why we should be thankful to doctors this National Doctor's Day

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National Doctor’s day is observed to express gratitude to all medical staff who have selflessly and unconditionally assisted us in our time of need. The current pandemic that the world is experiencing indicates that this is likely to be the most challenging period of our existence. However, It's much more challenging for the doctors who are working nonstop to ensure that all afflicted people have access to competent medical care. Every day, we should be grateful for their efforts and hard work. They are at the frontline of the current pandemic and are spearheading the charge. Their dedication to keeping the country safe and healthy during these trying times is absolutely admirable.

Doctor's Day is observed on various dates in various nations throughout the world. This day is commemorated by a number of governments and non-governmental healthcare organisations. In India, we celebrate National Doctors’ day by commemorating Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, a Bharat Ratna awardee, former chief minister of West Bengal, and one of the most popular Congress politicians in eastern India. He was a well-known physician and a well-known freedom fighter. He served as Bengal's second Chief Minister from 1948 till his death in 1962, a period of over 14 years.

Who was Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy?

Dr Bidhan Candra Roy was born on July 1st, 1882, and died on July 1st, 1962, at the age of 80. He is one of the few people in India's history to have earned both the FRCS and the MRCP at the same time. He was a Brahmo Samaj member and was a University of Calcutta alumnus at the Medical College of Calcutta, The Union Government had also established a prize in his honour. 

He is also regarded as West Bengal's best architect, as he built the five cities of West Bengal: Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani, and Habra. He was a key figure in the founding of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Medical Council of India in 1928. (MCI).

How do we celebrate National Doctor’s Day?

National Doctor's Day has been observed by the government and non-government healthcare organisations for numerous years in order to raise awareness of doctors' efforts. On this day, the personnel of healthcare organisations organise a variety of events and activities. 

The Rotary Club of North Calcutta and North East Calcutta Social & Welfare Organization” organises large festivities every year to commemorate Doctor's Day. Medical check-up camps are held by health care organisations at various health care centres and public locations to promote quality medical services to the general population at no cost. 

Doctors' medical services are also appreciated and promoted. Various discussion events are held across the country to raise public awareness about health screening, prevention, diagnosis, and correct disease treatment. General health screening test camps, health counselling, health nutrition talks, and chronic disease awareness among the poor and older residents are also held. A free blood test, blood sugar test, ECG, EEG, blood pressure check-up, and other events are also planned to raise awareness of the invaluable role of doctors in everyone's lives.

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Doctors, without a question, play a crucial part in our lives. The purpose of National Doctor's day is to raise awareness of a doctors' duties, importance, and obligations, as well as to thank them and promote the medical profession as a whole. Therefore, as a tribute, here are 10 reasons we should be thankful to all the doctors: 

1. Doctors assist us in leading healthy and happy lives.

The field of medicine is designed to help us live longer lives. Doctors treat our illnesses and injuries with their expertise and experience. A doctor's day-to-day work is valuable. Worries go away, lives are extended, and quality of life is enhanced.

2. Doctors work in a challenging environment.

Doctors labour long hours, are constantly stressed about not correctly diagnosing or treating a patient (which could result in the patient becoming sicker or dying), and are subjected to bureaucratic difficulties from the government and other payers. It's a demanding profession that demands compassion, difficult decision-making, leadership, intelligence, lifelong learning, and decades of commitment.

3. In the case of an emergency, doctors always come to the rescue.

The work schedule of a doctor might often be variable. They might have to respond to a call in the middle of the night for a patient who is limited to home owing to disease or incapacity, or someone who has a severe broken bone or muscle injury. A doctor is frequently needed right after an injury, which can cause their work hours to be erratic.

4. Doctors give us advice on how to stay healthy.

Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to stay healthy. Doctors not only treat our illnesses and restore our health, but they also teach us how to maintain it. They encourage us to consume healthy foods and exercise regularly, and they frequently propose books, websites, and newsletters to help us get started.

5. Doctors dedicate their lives to the job. 

The prime of life is in your 20s and early 30s. You usually have good health, can run on little sleep, recover quickly from a bad day, and are usually free of family duties. But doctors leave residency feeling as if they've been asleep for the past 5-15 years. Close friends were lost, opportunities were squandered, and key romantic relationships were frequently lost. Weddings, funerals, vacations, and reunions have all been missed due to their absence.

6. Doctors can be the greatest sources of information.

How frequently do we actually pay attention to what the doctor says? A trip to the doctor's office is fraught with worry and terror for many patients, therefore many people resort to looking up their or their loved one’s conditions on the internet. Even if the information is right or not, doctors come to our aid here as well, recommending tools to help us steer in the right path. They teach us what information can and can't be trusted and instil more faith and confidence. 

7. Doctors listen to our issues with patience.

When you tell the doctor about your worries for the visit, he or she listens carefully and then, if required, explains why your issue isn't as significant as you thought it may be. Instead of being irritated, a doctor sees this as your first step toward involvement and is pleased to see that you care about your health.

8. Doctors are by your side every step of the way

Doctors inform patients about their treatment options while considering a course of action. They present pertinent information to assist patients in weighing the risks and benefits of their treatment options, and then explain why the path they propose appears to be the best option. Despite what the patient chooses, they try their best at making sure that the patient recovers to their maximum ability, and supports them on their journey of recovery. 

9. Doctors deal with a lot of things at once 

It is not easy to see people lose their lives every day, or find out that someone’s chances of living simply are not good enough, and be the one to deliver the news. It lingers in their minds, and they have to battle hard to avoid such unpleasant ideas from entering their minds and focus on the job at hand. Handling several patients comes with a lot of mental strain and pressure which they handle calmly so as to not alarm patients and their families. 

10. Doctors give us hope 

Doctors provide a sense of optimism and comfort, whether they are saving lives or helping bring new ones into the world. With their level of hard work and knowledge, we know that they will do their utmost. Even if all hope appears to be lost, there may be another doctor who may help you get out of your predicament.

"Thank you" is a powerful phrase, especially if the person you're thanking is in desperate need of them or isn't expecting them. So now is the opportunity for you to thank your doctor for the tremendous role they play in serving and caring for you, as well as their other patients, families, and communities. It is a good time to thank your doctor for his or her dedication to improve the health and well-being of so many people.

This National Doctor’s day, with a pandemic looming around us, let us not forget the importance of doctors in our lives. Let us also pay a tribute to all frontline workers, such as nurses, pharmacists, and other ward personnel, who put themselves in harm's way while doing their best to save lives. We should also thank the paramedics, midwives, ambulance drivers. Despite a shortage of equipment, personnel, and safety clothing, they are selflessly helping mankind.

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