National Doctor’s Day is a holiday honouring doctors. This day was designated as a special day to honour Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, a famous physician and West Bengal’s second prime minister. Doctor is the term, and the work they accomplish is on the level of a deity. People have realised the necessity of physicians as a result of the Pandemic. The tough circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have reminded us once again of the everyday efforts and sacrifices made by physicians and healthcare workers all across the world. Doctor’s Day is observed on various days across the world to honour this great profession. This year is committed once again to all of the doctors and healthcare workers who are risking their lives in these hard times, whether in primary or secondary care settings, or in dedicated COVID care facilities.
Being a doctor isn’t easy. A child has to set his/her mind in the way that doing hard work and practice is the only way towards success. Many students wish to pursue a career as a doctor. Doctors have a prominent social and professional life, allowing them to help a large number of people while also earning a good living. If you want to be a doctor, you should start planning and preparing for it as soon as possible after high school. If you’ve decided to pursue a career as a doctor, be aware that the road ahead will not be simple. To become a doctor, you must begin working diligently at an early age and make the necessary sacrifices for several years. A genuine concern in the well and happiness of others, as well as a desire to serve others, are two essential traits for a doctor.Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are required courses in secondary school or at the plus two level.
You must have completed 17 years but not be older than 25 years while applying for the MBBS programme through the general category.The bachelor’s degree in medicine (MBBS) is the first step toward becoming a doctor. This is your ticket to a medical profession. This is generally a five-and-a-half-year programme that culminates in a year of mandatory internship.
Those interested in pursuing a degree in MBBS, BDS, or Veterinary Science must take the NEET test. The Central Board of Secondary Education in India holds a single entrance examination every year to admit students to various medical institutions across the country. The colleges you can attend are determined by your NEET test score. There are particular courses available throughout your degree if you want to specialise in subjects like Ayurveda, Homeopathy, or Unani. The admission tests for JIPMER, AIIMS, Armed Force Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College are held separately. Students who want to attend these universities must take these special examinations conducted by the colleges and do not have to go through the NEET process. JIPMER is one of India’s most prominent medical schools.
This is the Education one has to take to become a doctor.
Problems occurred during Covid-19 service
In the fight against COVID-19, doctors and healthcare professionals who are reacting to a worldwide health catastrophe have become unintentional targets. Several incidents of such violence against them have been reported in India during this epidemic period. Doctors have been spit on, abused, and driven away, according to reports. Due to a scarcity of personal protective equipment, this is the case (PPE). Doctors blame the rise in violence against healthcare professionals on a combination of misinformation and fear, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Patients are unable to obtain healthcare due to transportation stoppage, fear of law enforcement, and dissatisfaction as a result of quarantine or containment zone limitations, all of which have worsened the situation. During their work, up to 75% of doctors are subjected to violence. The reasons for violence against healthcare workers may vary from fear, anxiety, panic, misinformation and mistrust. Government hospitals in India are inundated in such a public health crisis with lack of adequate facilities, equipment and infrastructure. People are panicked about catching COVID-19 from medical workers or being stigmatised for having contracted it themselves. The situation is being made more difficult as health units and professionals in some government hospitals highlight shortage of PPE but receive hostile response from hostile hospital administration.
Overcome these Problems.
A better and timely communication with the aggrieved patients and their family members is the key to avoid violence and untoward incidents. Due to shortage of time and to maintain social distancing norms, often the verbal and direct communication between doctors and patients is lacking during this pandemic. The hospitals should designate some social workers and counsellors to coordinate with them on a regular basis to allay any fears.
The widespread news coverage about COVID-19 has heightened anxiety and fear among the Indian public. Social media platforms can play a positive role in the current pandemic collaborating with Government agencies to educate the public about the diagnosis, spread, containment and prevention strategies against transmission. The uptake of ‘Aarogya Setu’—Indian government’s contact tracing application can be promoted by smart phone technology companies and web providers to minimise the spread of COvid-19. This will help to safely reduce lockdown measures.
Violence against doctors is underreported in India, perhaps because the doctors fear for their personal safety and harassment from the public, administration and law enforcement system. Recently, doctors and government institutions have started to take steps to protect themselves against violence. Marshalls have been posted at large central government hospitals in Delhi in their accident and emergency department. At places, doctors have had to evaluate patients from a distance to avoid assault.
The Indian government has recently issued an ordinance that makes violence against healthcare workers a non-bailable offence, punishable by up to 7 years imprisonment. The Ordinance seeks to protect doctors, nurses, and paramedic and community health workers from harassment or physical injury. It has been welcomed by all quarters to rein in violence and punish the wrongdoers.
Telehealth has been a game changer and one of the good outcomes of the COVID-19 outbreak. Patients will have less face-to-face interaction with doctors as a result of telehealth, which may minimise physical attack on doctors to some level. The prospect of telemedicine services being recorded may compel patients and their carers to act correctly.
Time has to identify effective ways and means to improve and strengthen public health education and practice, says Dr. Ravi Agrawal. Establishment of better primary healthcare facilities such as Delhi’s Mohalla (community) and Mumbai’s Swasth (health) clinics is one of the right ways forward to access local healthcare. Doctors and healthcare workers need to be supported in carrying out their fight against global health crises such as COVID-19 pandemic.
At last I would like to say “Doctors are humans not Gods so stop blaming them.”