National Doctors’ Day 2020: A day to convey our gratitude to Doctors

Shillong, July 1: The whole country is celebrating doctors today on National Doctors’ Day. It is organised every year on July 1st by the Indian Medical Association. This day marks the birth and death anniversary of renowned physician, philanthropist, freedom fighter and politician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.

The day is an opportunity for us to give thanks to all Doctors and Health Care Professionals for their dedication, their hard work and perseverance in this time of crisis.

This year, the theme for Doctors’ Day is “Lessen the mortality of COVID-19.” It is of special significance due to the ongoing coronavirus Pandemic.

Meghalaya currently has very few COVID-19 cases compared to the rest of the country. The state has recorded 53 COVID-19 cases till date, of which 42 patients have recovered. The successful recovery rate is because of our Doctors and Health Care Professionals.

Speaking to Shillong Mail, Director of Health Services (MI) Dr. Aman Warr said that from their experience in dealing with the COVID-19 positive cases, there is hope.

“We have seen how it has unfolded. Most of the cases, who have suffered from this virus, have recovered. More than 80%, and nearly all of them were asymptomatic. So this is a victory, with hope comes victory,” he said.

Dr. Warr stated that in India, Doctors’ Day is celebrated in recognition of the selfless service of our Health Professionals and the art which they possessed through sheer hard work and sacrifice.

He expressed his appreciation for all doctors from various disciplines, health professionals including Nurses and Doctors from the paramedical side and all involved in tackling COVID-19 in the state.

“In our hearts, we are satisfied that we are giving the best possible care to the citizens of the state and because of this, we have been able to contain to a certain extent, the number of cases in the state suffering from COVID-19.”

In his message to the people of the state, Dr. Warr said that Doctors, Nurses and all Heath Care Staff are taking utmost care when at work, following all necessary health protocols and guidelines and therefore, they should be welcomed when they return home.

They are safe to return home, and so, they should be welcomed, he added.

MESSAGE FROM OUR DOCTORS

NEIGRIHMS Director, Dr. P Bhattacharjee wished all doctors and health professionals a Happy Doctors’ Day and said that everyone who joined the profession took it on as an opportunity to serve.

“When they are praying to God, and when we serve them, we are the answer to their prayers to God. It is a privilege that we are in this position,” he said, adding that these same doctors now seek the support of the community.

Recounting incidents of health workers being attacked on the line of duty, Dr Bhattacharjee appealed to all members of the community to take it upon themselves to care for these professionals and not stigmatise them.

He added that the institute is following all the health protocols, such as the use of PPEs, face masks, screening before entry, sanitisation and more, and therefore the Medical and other staff in the institute are not a danger to anyone.

Dr. Kyntewlang Sanmiet, Nodal Officer, Bethany Hospital told Shillong Mailthat this year has been especially tough for the Hospital since they lost late Dr. John Sailo to COVID-19. He added that it was time to change our mind set regarding the Pandemic.

“It was a grave loss for us, and I knew we would never get accustomed to it. When our sir tested positive, we took a decision to shut down the hospital for a month. We lost a great father, a caring leader,” he said.

He wished all Doctors a Happy Doctors’ Day and thanked them for their relentless effort and selfless dedication and for their sacrifices and bravery in the frontline.

Dr. Valencia Myrboh MS (ORTH) Orthopaedics Consultant, Bethany Hospital said, “On the occasion of Doctors’ Day, I want to wish all my doctors a happy doctors’ Day and I do hope celebration of the day will have real meaning, especially in this trying times, when we see that Doctors become easy targets, so I hope, from this year onwards, there will be more care, respect and more concern for the doctors.”