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National Doctors’ Day 2021: A Day To Recognise The Work Done By Doctors To Save Lives Especially During The COVID-19 Pandemic

To pay a tribute to the healthcare workers – doctors, India celebrates National Doctors’ Day on July 1, here’s all you need to know about the day

National Doctors’ Day 2021: All You Need To Know About The Day Celebrating Our Saviours Amid COVID-19
Highlights
  • Doctors’ Day marks the birth and death anniversary of Dr BC Roy
  • India has lost over 1,500 doctors to COVID-19
  • Each doctor out there is doing a commendable job: IMA

New Delhi: Doctors have been fighting a long war from the frontlines against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, saving lives at the cost of their own. To pay a tribute to the selfless work done by doctors and to honour their dedication towards serving the humanity, the Government of India along with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), a national voluntary organisation of doctors in the country, celebrate National Doctors’ Day on July 1 every year. With the pandemic still far from over, this day is important to honour many doctors who have sacrificed their lives in the last year. Here is all you need to know about the National Doctors’ Day:

National Doctors’ Day 2021: History And Significance

National Doctors’ Day was established by the Government of India back in 1991 in honour of the birth and death anniversary of the physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. Since then, July 1 in India is marked as National Doctor’s Day to show gratitude to all doctors.

The day is observed on different dates across the world. In the United States, Doctor’s Day is observed on March 30, in Cuba on December 3 and in Iran on August 23.

Also Read: National Doctor’s Day: Stigma Around Coronavirus Is As Infectious As Virus Itself

National Doctors’ Day 2021 Theme: Save The Saviours

Being trapped in the uncomfortable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hours every day, treating COVID and non-COVID patients, taking online consultation, dealing with the shortage of medical supplies and staff, keeping up with everyday developments in the field of COVID-19 research, the pandemic has been hard on the doctors. During this long fight with COVID, the country has lost over 1,500 doctors to the pandemic, according to IMA. This includes 736 doctors during the first wave and 798 doctors since the first week of April till June 29. The highest number of deaths among doctors have been reported from Delhi (128), followed by Bihar (115). It is important to note here that the actual figure related to death of doctors during COVID-19 may be higher as IMA only keeps a record of its 3.27 lakh members. With an aim to dedicate the day to the doctors who succumbed to COVIID – 19, the theme of the day this year is ‘Save The Saviours’.

During his recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on June 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed doctors for going out of their way for performing their duty. PM Modi had said,

A few days from now, on July 1, we will celebrate National Doctors’ Day. This day is dedicated to the birth anniversary of the great doctor and statesman of the country, Dr BC Roy. We are all grateful for the contribution of doctors during the Corona period. Our doctors have served us without caring about their lives. Therefore, this time National Doctors’ Day becomes even more special.

Acknowledging PM’s gesture, Dr J. A. Jayalal, President, IMA said that the PM has assured that doctors will be respected and protected. He said,

PM Modi ensured that doctors should be respected, protected and safeguarded. He also emphasised the need for vaccination. All the medical fraternity doing human service during the COVID pandemic is celebrating July 1 as Doctors’ Day. We are so much pleased that PM Modi greeted the medical fraternity for the Doctors’ Day.

While talking to NDTV, Dr Jayalal said that it is important that people understand and cooperate in the work of doctors by reducing the pressure by keeping oneself safe from catching the COVID-19 infection. He emphasised on getting vaccinated and urged people to continue following the COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing masks, keeping hands clean, maintaining social distancing, going out of the house only when necessary, among others.

Each doctor out there is doing a commendable job. Along with taking care of the patient, it is necessary to take care of yourself too. Take breaks and relax your mind whenever possible. Mindfulness exercises like meditation can be helpful during the stressful times and while facing exhaustion and burnout, Dr Jayalal said in his message to other doctors.

How Is India Celebrating The National Doctors’ Day

To mark the National Doctors’ Day on July 1, Prime Minister will be addressing the medical community at 3 pm. IMA will be organising an event to pay tribute to the Covid martyrs and felicitate corona warriors. The event is open for all and can be accessed online.

In Delhi, Lady Hardinge Medical College is organising a blood donation camp to honour the doctors. The Chhattisgarh Medical Teachers Association and Junior Doctors Association of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College is also organising a blood donation camp on July 1. Some other hospitals are conducting webinars.

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World

24,24,98,327Cases
20,40,54,102Active
3,35,14,449Recovered
49,29,776Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,24,98,327 and 49,29,776 have died; 20,40,54,102 are active cases and 3,35,14,449 have recovered as on October 22, 2021 at 5:24 am.

India

3,41,43,236 15,786Cases
1,75,7453,086Active
3,35,14,449 18,641Recovered
4,53,042 231Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,43,236 confirmed cases including 4,53,042 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,75,745 and 3,35,14,449 have recovered as on October 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,98,218 1,573

27,899 1,434

64,30,394 2,968

1,39,925 39

Kerala

48,88,523 8,733

82,093 1,240

47,79,228 9,855

27,202 118

Karnataka

29,84,849 365

9,017 86

29,37,848 443

37,984 8

Tamil Nadu

26,91,797 1,164

13,790 268

26,42,039 1,412

35,968 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,303 493

5,500 66

20,42,476 552

14,327 7

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,068 10

107 5

16,87,062 14

22,899 1

West Bengal

15,83,646 833

7,535 44

15,57,090 775

19,021 14

Delhi

14,39,488 22

311 1

14,14,087 21

25,090

Odisha

10,37,056 524

4,336 51

10,24,422 573

8,298 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,773 38

206 21

9,91,995 16

13,572 1

Rajasthan

9,54,395 2

36 2

9,45,405 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,353 13

156 20

8,16,110 33

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,721 12

88 6

7,82,110 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,125 9

131 2

7,60,945 11

10,049

Bihar

7,26,042 6

30 0

7,16,351 6

9,661

Telangana

6,69,739 183

3,967 1

6,61,829 183

3,943 1

Assam

6,07,811 384

3,762 152

5,98,087 228

5,962 4

Punjab

6,02,135 22

226 6

5,85,358 27

16,551 1

Jharkhand

3,48,526 40

166 24

3,43,225 16

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,787 14

176 0

3,36,213 14

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,386 87

814 14

3,26,143 73

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,138 202

1,452 58

2,16,955 140

3,731 4

Goa

1,77,765 59

618 21

1,73,790 35

3,357 3

Puducherry

1,27,564 43

454 7

1,25,258 50

1,852

Manipur

1,23,051 81

1,346 14

1,19,800 94

1,905 1

Mizoram

1,15,944 737

10,034 229

1,05,510 962

400 4

Tripura

84,369 18

105 10

83,448 8

816

Meghalaya

83,210 52

735 26

81,034 76

1,441 2

Chandigarh

65,315 3

26 2

64,469 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,065 22

140 2

54,645 20

280

Sikkim

31,819 19

185 10

31,241 9

393

Nagaland

31,670 11

250 5

30,743 15

677 1

Ladakh

20,896 10

43 9

20,645 1

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,678 2

4 2

10,670

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 0

7,510

129

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