Arunachal joins nation to celebrate Doctors Day

Arunachal joins nation to celebrate Doctors Day

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 1:  Joining with rest of the country, the Doctors Day themed ‘stop hospital violence for better service’ was celebrated here at Banquet Hall today.

The event was organized by the Indian Medical Association – Arunachal Pradesh Branch (IMA-AP). The Doctors Day is celebrated in India on July 1 every year to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962.

Attending the celebration, Parliamentary Secretary for RD and Panchayati Raj Mama Natung urged the doctors to serve needy people in rural areas in the state. “The Naharlagun and Pasighat hospitals are having surplus number of doctors; however, in far flung areas many Primary Health Centers are not having doctors. Doctors should serve needy people in rural areas,” asserted Natung.

He felt that doctors should not turn down their transfer and posting rather should go to serve the people, wherever the govt sends them, stating that transfer and posting of doctors has been a major issue for the Health department.

Natung called upon all the stakeholders of the state right from Longding to Tawang including doctors to shoulder equal responsibility to make Arunachal a better state in terms of development.  “Chief Minister and ministers alone cannot make Arunachal better. Every individual including doctor has to put in their efforts,” he added.

Congratulating the doctors on their day, the Parl Secy said, “Doctors are living god as patients find same peace and compassion while visiting the doctors like worshipers feel after visiting the temple.”

DHS Dr Moromer Lego, in his address, called upon the doctors to show sincerity in the profession. “A good doctor cures the disease, but a great doctor cures a man and the society,” said Dr Lego while stressing on the role of doctors in society.

Emphasizing on theme of the celebration, Dr Lego observed that “disruptive” behaviour of doctors undermines the medical profession.

Guest Speaker Swami Pitambarananda of RK Mission termed the Doctors Day ‘a day of introspection’ for all doctors, asking them to look at themselves analytically and critically.

Swami Pitambarananda while expressing concern on “growing” commercial doctors who prescribe medicines for patients unnecessarily said that they are in a noble profession and should avoid unwise practice for short-term gain.

IMA-AP president Dr Lobasang Tsetim remarked doctors day- a day to rejoice- a day dedicated to the men in white apron and stethoscope.  However, Dr Lobsang expressed concern on repeated attacks on health care professionals and violence against clinical establishment stating that when fear lurks in works place, the doctors are bound to be defensive.  The felicitation of Dr N Das, a retired SMO of Likabali, with IMA Life Time Achievement Award marked the celebration.

Dr Das, who did his MBBS from Gauhati Medical College in 1981, was first posted in Arunachal Pradesh in 1984 at Nacho in Upper Subansiri district.

The IMA State unit also felicitated the Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing &Visually Impaired and Guest faculty Dr Chandra Shekar B Nair, Director, Molbio Diagnostic Pvt Ltd, Goa.

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