International Doctor’s Day is a day celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities at large.  This date may vary from country to country depending on the event of commemoration used to mark the day.  This day is marked as a Holiday in some of the countries.


International Doctor’s Day in India is celebrated on July 1 which happens to be the Birth and Death Anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.  India honours the most famous and legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. This day was established by Govt. of India in 1991 to be recognized and celebrated as Doctor’s Day.

On this day, the hospitals and clinics in different parts of the country pay tribute to their doctors and physicians.  It is like a special day observed to give thanks to them for the services rendered to the mankind.  Looking into inadequate infrastructure, less educated and unaware people in our country, our doctors have to put in a lot of effort, hard work and commitment for developing a better and healthy society.


Our country is a big country. We have a population of more than 125 crores.  The ratio of doctors to population is very much insufficient.  A single doctor has to look after a big chunk of population.  Medical and health sectors need a lot of improvement from village level to health facilities in cities and in Metro areas.

A doctor dedicates his life to the service of the patients.  Doctors relieve sufferings and pains of the mankind.  It is a noble profession.  He cures people from diseases and illness.  He tries to help in all possible ways to make the life of others better and healthier. Doctor’s help immensely contributed in increasing or improving longevity of people of India.  Many patients and relatives of patients consider doctor as God as they feel a lot of things depend on him.  Doctor’s profession is a noble profession and people expect exemplary behavior and treatment from the doctors.  The smile and good behavior of a doctor do wonders.  The patients get confidence and try to get themselves cured.  Now hi-tech gadgets and various types of tests help the doctor to diagnose the disease and give a direction for better treatment.  It is also seen that the improvement and progress in technology in medical science is able to make the doctors do some unwanted things for more income.

In India we see good chunk of doctors in rural areas who have work ethics and helping the rural population by sacrificing their comforts.  Still a lot of improvements have to be done in this area of medical treatment.  Government has started various types of social security schemes along with medical treatment schemes for poor people of India.  Our country can be healthy and wealthy if we can take care of the big population that resides in rural area.  Our doctors are doing a great job by making the people aware of various types of care to be taken at various stages of our life.


Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, MRCP, FRCS, was an eminent physician, educationist, philanthropist, freedom fighter and politician who served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1948 until his death in 1962. (Wikipedia)

Bidhan Chandra Roy



বিধান চন্দ্র রায়

Bidhan Chandra Roy in 1943

2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal

In office
23 January 1948 – 1 July 1962

Preceded by

Prafulla Chandra Ghosh

Succeeded by

Prafulla Chandra Sen

Member of Legislative Assembly

In office

Preceded by

Constituency established
Succeeded by

Bijoy Singh Nahar



In office

Preceded by

Bijoy Singh Nahar

Succeeded by

Siddhartha Shankar Ray



6th Mayor of Kolkata

In office
5 April 1931 – 9 April 1933

Personal details
Born 1 July 1882
BankiporeBengal PresidencyBritish India
Died 1 July 1962 (aged 80)
KolkataWest BengalIndia
Political party Indian National Congress
Parents Aghore Kamini Devi
Prakash Chandra Roy
Residence Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Alma mater Presidency College, Calcutta
Patna University
Profession ·         Physician

·         Politician

·         Educationist


Bharat Ratna (1961)



National Doctor’s Day is being celebrated every year by Government and Non-Government Health Care Organizations.  This effort is to get familiar with the doctors’ contributions.  Many clubs and organizations also celebrate this event.

Many discussions in various forums as well as panel discussions in Television take place.  The discussions relates to health check-up, cure, prevention, diagnosis, proper treatment of the diseases and many other matters.

Free medical check-up camps are organized at many health centres and public places.  This is done by Health Care Organizations to promote quality medical services without any cost among common public.

Free blood tests, random blood sugar tests, ECG, EEG, blood pressure check-up are organized to make the people aware about the priceless roles doctors play in the lives of common people.  It also highlights the above tests are required at certain interval to know the health condition of any person.

There are also general screening camps organized to assess the health status.  Also health counseling, health nutrition talks and chronic disease awareness among poor people and senior citizens are held.

Some activities at the schools and colleges are also organized to encourage the students and youth to know more about this dedicated medical profession. Discussion on medical topics, quiz competitions related to health, sports activities to promote awareness among student communities and to give stress on health and health care.

On 1st July patients greet their doctors by distributing Greeting Cards, Appreciation Cards, giving flower bouquet etc. This is mostly seen in big cities where awareness is high.

In some of the big cities special meetings, parties and dinners are organized at the health centres, hospitals, nursing homes or even in some clubs by the doctors in order to commemorate the importance of this day and they rededicate themselves to work hard like a true professional by following the work ethics and proving this job to be a noble profession.


….Ratikanta Singh.