Happy Doctor’s Day!@1/7/21

“Before saying that you are an extraordinary Doctor, we want to tell you that you are an extraordinary Human being. Thanking Doctors for showing care and concern is never enough.”

When one opts for medicine, they are not opting for a career option that is like any other. At a time when their peers are settling in their respective careers, they are consumed in thick medical books, preparing for their grueling exams. When their peers are going the family way, they are busy working the 18-hour shift. And when their peers are cheerily talking about their retirement plans, they are still finding their ground in their profession. All said, we cannot draw an accurate picture of what it is like being a doctor.

If people did not recognise the importance of Doctors before; they are certainly learning just how much they contribute to society, amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. While we are self isolating, it is the Doctors who are constantly fighting for the lives of people who have been infected with the deadly virus. Doctor’s Day is an attempt to accentuate their importance and to show our gratitude by commemorating one of their greatest representation.

Doctors are the most ingenious inspirer of hope. Given the present pandemic situation it has been instilled into everyone’s mind that not all soldiers carry weaponry but some carry stethoscopes and scalpels too. The first declaration Doctors make is “I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.”

Doctor’s day is celebrated to recognise the contribution of doctors who work relentlessly to save the lives of their patients. While Doctor’s Day is celebrated by many countries across the world on different days, it is celebrated in India on July 1 to mark the birth and death anniversary of the legendary physician Dr.Bidhan Chandra Roy, who made immense contributions to the cause of the promotion of science. Dr.Roy served as a physician to Mahatma Gandhi and was later elected as the second Chief Minister of West Bengal. After becoming CM, he accorded top priority to the treatment of poor and needy patients.

In its obituary, the British Medical Journal described Roy as the “first medical consultant in the subcontinent of India, who towered over his contemporaries in several fields”. It also said, “… at his professional zenith he may have had the largest consulting practice in the world”. Widely credited with making quality health services available to common people, he played an instrumental role in the creation of two prestigious medical institutions in the country — the Indian Medical Association in 1928 and the Medical Council of India, of which he was the first president, between 1939 and 1945. He also helped kickstart the Indian Institute of Mental Health, the Infectious Disease Hospital and Kolkata’s first-ever postgraduate medical college.

When you save the life of a person and see them making a difference to humanity, you realise the magnitude of change that a Doctor can effect by efforts. That is a very satisfying feeling. Things get tougher when professional commitment of being available 24×7 as well as engage in continual academic learning of the latest advancements in medicine. One needs seemingly unlimited stamina to consistently deliver the best to patients.

Most difficult part of being a doctor is to choose between family and patients because we at the frontline are at maximum risk and can transmit it to the family. But they voluntarily choose patients due to the passion to save lives and this is what is the need of the hour.

The COVID situation has seen teams of doctors in the ICU propel themselves beyond their limits to go that extra mile to treat the critical patients. The toughest point comes when they lose a patient in spite of doing everything possible. At times like these, it is the patients who recover and the smile on their faces as they are discharged; that motivates Doctors to continue to fight to save lives.

While good care is being provided to patients suffering from COVID-19, the toughest part about being a doctor in these times is to see the physical and emotional pain that a patient and their families go through during the recovery process. But all that is worth the effort when you experience the gratification upon interacting with the family of a healing patient, and when you save a life. That moment seals a bond between you and the patient’s family and they become a part of your own family. Your tireless efforts are not going unnoticed. Thank you.

The Cardiological Society of India, Telangana Chapter is offering telephonic advice and guidance in situations like the recently witnessed pandemic to general public by introducing a Toll Free Number: 18005993098.