Happy Doctors Day

Every year on July 1st, the Indian government acknowledges and celebrates Doctor’s Day. It is a beautiful day that gives us all an opportunity to celebrate and be grateful for the unwavering service of the medical community to our society. 

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Amidst the second wave of the Pandemic, the doctors have once again been at the forefront of our battle against Coronavirus. Millions of people worldwide have been infected by the virus. In India alone 30 million people were infected and approximately 4 hundred thousand people lost their lives. Doctors have been working more than 24 hours straight to ensure they help one more person recover, and save one more life. It has put them at a significantly higher risk of catching the virus.  

In these challenging times, it is the doctors who have given us hope by working tirelessly to preserve the lives of people and to eradicate the novel coronavirus. There can be no better opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate a doctor’s contributions, not only today but throughout history. 

Every year, India commemorates National Doctor’s Day in memory of the birth and death anniversary of the renowned physician and former West Bengal chief minister, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was a key figure in establishing various health institutions after the Indian independence. The yearly celebration of National Doctor Day enables the general public to become aware of how doctors play significant roles in our society.

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The contributions of doctors in the development of our society can be traced back to Vedic texts like Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and ancient Buddhist texts, among others. These were some of the oldest texts which have laid the foundation for today’s medical sciences in India. In Indian society, doctors have been regarded as next to God. They are an inseparable part of our society. 

However, in the past few months, many instances have risen where doctors have had to take the brunt of the fallout from the pandemic. Recently in Maharashtra, a doctor was allegedly assaulted by four family members after a relative died while receiving coronavirus treatment. In another similar case, a doctor from Guwahati, Assam, was brutally beaten with metal trash and cans by relatives of a COVID patient who died because of a lack of oxygen cylinders. The rate of crime against doctors is rapidly rising, which is a major area of concern.  Fear of violence was the most common source of stress for doctors, followed by fear of being sued due to an increase in incidents of violence against doctors. It deters young people from pursuing careers in the healthcare profession, has a profound impact on society as a whole. Such acts of violence against doctors must be put to an end. We should raise public awareness and appreciate our doctors for their selfless devotion to our country.

Doctors are known for their altruistic dedication to their patients and society, and we are fortunate to have one in our midst. Ms Vishaka Singh has been relentlessly working with UPAY to tackle this fatal virus and preserve our society as well as she can. She has been supervising our facility at Noida oxygen centre after fulfilling her duties as an IRS Officer. Dr Vishaka had contracted the Covid 19 virus a few weeks before we launched our project, but even in that state, she helped us establish our COVID facility. So as soon as she recovered, she went out to work without taking a single day off. UPAY salutes her and is grateful for her selfless dedication to your beneficiaries. 

Like her, many doctors who were on duty for more than 36 hours at a stretch, helped us run our teleconsultation facility smoothly. All our doctors including Dr Kunal Kumar, Dr Olivia, Dr Salil Maheshwari ensured the patients are attended to and worked to uplift their spirits. 

UPAY extends this gratitude to our medical community including Dr Chandan Kumar, Dr Prassanna Moon, and Dr. Pramod Kumar who ensure timely intervention into our communities and get our children and their families checked.

We thank all of our doctor friends and colleagues for their kindness and generosity towards our society during these challenging times.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Doctor’s Day.

Written By : Siddhant. K. Jaiswal 
Edited by : Ananya Shetty

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