July 1st is celebrated as Doctors' Day in India. We, at Kauvery, wish all the doctors a very HAPPY DOCTORS’ Day!!!
This month, let us take a minute, to look at the wonderful work that doctors do, and applaud the hard journey they take, to get to, where they are now.
The medical profession is recognized and awarded with the adjective “NOBLE” to it and a DOCTOR ...is a very special person. "The one-day relationship becomes a lifelong friendship"! We earn the utmost respect from the society, and is seen at par with GOD. Dear doctors, let us continue to do our noble work with our vision and mission focussed on the benefit of the society, as we always do!
Well, the committed days of a doctor, starts right from when they are teenagers. When all other teens are busy enjoying themselves, the ones trying to get into medical school are under the pressure of getting high school marks, entrance exams and the peer pressure of getting a college admission. This comes with sleepless nights and sacrifices that start at a mere 17 years of age.
Doctors spend the entire day looking after patients and are vulnerable to the viruses and bacteria lingering in the hospital. They attend to very ill patients without showing any hesitation or fear in their faces. They change the dressing of festering wounds which even the patient’s kith and kin might think twice to touch!
And that is not all ....After completing years at medical school, doctors still have a long way to go. But all that toil is worth, to see a patient smile! Every doctor wants their patient to get well and go back home healthy and happy.
But in recent times there are rumbles, at the, Doctor -Patient interface which is causing concern.
But factors are far beyond the control of doctors, and fall within the domain of public health, for which the government and the society are equally responsible.
Deteriorating sanitation and environmental hygiene are contaminating our water and food.
Dangerous viral fevers that are transmitted through mosquitoes are posing life threatening challenges.
Road traffic accidents take a huge toll on life due to several reasons like drunken driving, using cell phones while driving, under age driving, and finally, not obeying traffic rules.
Today poor life style choices cause heart attacks and strokes at a younger age.
Smoking, alcohol, unhealthy eating habits and sedentary life style is the main reason of many non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and dementia.
These conditions can be controlled but not often cured.
It is not fair to blame the medical profession for all the problems. It is time to set right the primary causes of these problems and work towards preventing them.
It is time to consider the doctor as a valued friend, philosopher and guide and partner with him for protecting and preserving your health.
On this Doctors Day let us cherish, enrich and celebrate this partnership.
Dr. Kavitha Sundaravadanam