The Doc­tors’ Day

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

VINOD C DIXIT

World Doc­tors’ Day that falls on 1st July is an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness about the doc­tors’ role in

daily lives - a Day when peo­ple across the coun­try ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of the med­i­cal and health care fra­ter­nity to­wards so­ci­ety. Doc­tors’ Day is the time to pay tribute to the en­tire med­i­cal pro­fes­sion. It is a spe­cial and an ideal op­por­tu­nity to re­mind peo­ple of the crit­i­cal role that the doc­tors play in our lives. It is also a time for doc­tors to re­flect on their own ca­reers, re­al­ize their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties they bear and re­di­rect them­selves onto an eth­i­cal path of heal­ing those in need. The con­cept of ‘Fam­ily Physi­cian’ is more or less ex­tinct, th­ese days. It is im­per­a­tive for both pa­tients and doc­tors to work to­gether on re-es­tab­lish­ing some of the lost trust; and truly, there could be no bet­ter day than Doc­tors’ Day to re­in­force the unique re­la­tion­ship be­tween the doc­tor and pa­tient. Rev­er­ence for hu­man life and in­di­vid­ual dig­nity is both the hall­mark of a good physi­cian and the key to truly ben­e­fi­cial ad­vances in medicine. Doc­tors play an im­por­tant role in our so­ci­ety. When you get ill, the most im­por­tant per­son in life is the doc­tor. A doc­tor per­forms di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment. He cares for the pa­tient and keep them well. It is not enough just to pay the bill or say “Thanks” for doc­tors are the life­savers that strive tire­lessly to cure the ail­ments of the pa­tients. Thanks to the ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic tech­niques and tech­nol­ogy, the doc­tors, over the years, have shown re­mark­able im­prove­ments and made def­i­nite progress in med­i­cal treat­ments that need to be ac­knowl­edged. Doc­tors’ Day is the per­fect time for pa­tients to ac­knowl­edge the high-pres­sured job and ap­pre­ci­ate the abil­i­ties of their doc­tors to com­fort and heal. It is ob­served that doc­tors are more of­ten the vic­tims of crit­i­cism while their suc­cesses are over­looked. No doubt, it is a fact that the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion car­ries a heavy re­spon­si­bil­ity with it, but peo­ple need to un­der­stand that be­hind the white coat and stetho­scope is a nor­mal hu­man be­ing and like in all other pro­fes­sions, doc­tors too need ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their work and ef­forts. A pa­tient trusts and places his life at the dis­posal of the doc­tor. On many oc­ca­sions, the pa­tient dis­closes con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion to the doc­tor, which he/she might or might not have dis­cussed even with his/ her spouse or a close fam­ily mem­ber. In no other pro­fes­sion does the in­di­vid­ual place so much trust and faith. The doc­tor is, there­fore, duty-bound to have a higher level of moral code of con­duct than those in other pro­fes­sions and must un­der­stand that he/she is in a very priv­i­leged po­si­tion. — Via email

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