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Medical Profession is considered as one of the noblest professions worldwide. Though effective healthcare delivery depends on the collective efforts of all health professionals such as nurses and technicians, doctor is the leader of the health team. In the Indian context in spite of good health infrastructure, there is acute shortage of doctors especially in the rural areas. The effective utilization of doctors is the need of our country. In appreciation of contribution of doctors to the nation many countries observe National Doctors’ Day every year. In India, it is celebrated on 1st July.

History of Doctors’ Day in India:
India has produced a number of eminent doctors. One such person is Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy (B.C Roy), a well-known Physician and second Chief Minister of West Bengal. The National Doctors’ Day is celebrated in the memory of Dr B. C. Roy whose birth day and death anniversary falls on 1st July. The event was started in the year 1991 to pay tribute to him. He started many institutions, hospitals and contributed a lot to the development of the Indian society.

Objectives of this day:

  • To showcase the role and importance of doctors in our lives
  • To thank doctors for their self less service and their contribution to the individuals and the community.


This day is celebrated by Government and Non-Government organizations concerned with medical services and healthcare. Number of events and activities are organized to celebrate this day. Schools and colleges organize discussion on the medical topics, quiz competitions, sports activities etc. Patients greet their doctors and organize felicitating programs.

Many organizations celebrate this day by conducting free health check-ups for the people.

The observance of National Doctors’ Day is the best time to appreciate the role of doctors for caring and saving the life of people.