July 1st: National Doctors’ Day

July 1st: National Doctors’ Day

Today as is customary, I started bugging my elder brother with random questions and PJs after my classes. My very patient brother who had been pat

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Today as is customary, I started bugging my elder brother with random questions and PJs after my classes. My very patient brother who had been patiently listening and responding to my banter, who otherwise would have been a real patient, is unfortunately or fortunately is a real doctor. In a country of more than 1.2 billion people we have only one doctor for every 1700 citizens.

Thus, we see and understand the need of doctors in this doctor-deprived country of ours. In fact, I once heard if you want to study medicine, it is here, it is here, it is here (India). Why? Because of the plethora of diseases and the huge number of cases which come in everyday. Recently, we have heard about the India’s Human Development Index status (HDI), which has not only fallen over the last decade to 135th rank;but also the country is being compared to the African nations.

“Health is wealth” and thus when we talk about double figured GDP growth rate in India, is it really sustainable? I can go on and on and talk about the need to increase seats for doctors in the general category; the need to increase the number of colleges and so on and so forth. But, today is National Doctors Day, and I would like to salute and remember the service to the nation these physicians provide.  It is celebrated all across India to honour th e legendary doctor and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy on his birth anniversary (July 1, 1882). He was honoured with Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961.

India, today, also is very fortunate and proud to have men of honour in this field of medicine. To take a name, it would be Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, the Chairman and Founder of Narayana Health. This philanthropist surgeon delivers affordable cardiac care as well other health care services to anyone in need. It is indeed undeniably the noblest profession.

Salute to doctors! Happy Doctor’s day!

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