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New Delhi: Hailing doctors for their selfless service and spirited fight against the COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in saluting them on National Doctors’ Day, which has assumed even greater significance this year for the role played by these front-line warriors during the pandemic.
People from various walks of life, including political leaders, actors and sportspersons, took to Twitter and other social media to express their gratitude to the medical fraternity, calling the doctors “real heroes” and the “strongest pillar” in the fight against coronavirus.
The day is celebrated since 1991 in memory of former West Bengal chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was also a prominent medical practitioner and freedom fighter.
“India salutes our doctors — exceptional care givers who are at the forefront of a spirited fight against COVID-19,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter to mark Doctors’ Day.
In a short video of his recent speech, he said while mother’s give birth, doctors ensure our rebirth. They are saving lives by putting themselves in danger, Modi said. In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “We express our gratitude to the doctors for their selfless service in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation admires and salutes your professionalism and sacrifice in the service of fellow citizens.”
West Bengal had announced a state holiday on the day in the honour of doctors and other medical personnel engaged in the fight against COVID-19.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the country’s brave doctors have been leading the battle against COVID-19.
The theme of this year’s Doctors Day is “Lessen the mortality of COVID 19”, according to the Indian Medical Association. Hashtags like DoctorsDayIndia, Doctorslife, Thankyou and Doctorsday2020 were trending on social media. (PTI)