IMA-Mluru marks ‘Doctor’s Day’ with ‘Green Mluru Plantation Drive’ Planting over 100 Fruit Bearing Saplings

IMA-Mluru marks ‘Doctor’s Day’ with ‘Green Mluru Plantation Drive’ Planting over 100 Fruit Bearing Saplings

Indian Medical Association (IMA)-Mangaluru Chapter marks ‘Doctor’s Day’ with ‘Green Mangaluru Plantation Drive/Project’ planting over 100 Fruit Bearing Saplings in Padil-Mangaluru

Mangaluru : ‘National Doctor’s Day’-this day is observed every year on July 1 to raise awareness about the importance of doctors and medical professionals in our life, and the Day is observed to thank physicians and doctors for their dedicated services to patients. After all, they have looked after us in our worst times. National Doctor’s Day is an opportunity to the people to express their gratitude towards Doctors. This day is dedicated to all medical professionals who work and serve patients round the clock to save lives. Doctor’s Day 2019 is being celebrated for acknowledging services of doctors and their huge contribution to the medical advancement in India.

This year the Doctor’s Day 2019 Theme is “Zero Tolerance To Violence Against Doctors and Clinical Establishment”, and Indian Medical Association announces the theme every year. The theme will raise awareness about the violence happening with the doctors across India. Recently, violence against doctors in different parts of India was making headlines. Keeping in mind the safety and security of doctors during their working hours this theme was announced. And locally here in Mangaluru, the Indian Medical Association-Mangaluru along with Association of Medical Consultants-Mangaluru; National Medicos Organization-Mangaluru; Karnataka State Forest Department; Horticulture Department; and Kannada Katte Organization marked Doctor’s Day by planting over 100 saplings as a “Mangaluru Green Plantation Drive” near Bajal Road/Railway Bridge, Padil-Mangaluru.

The chief guest for the Plantation Drive was H R Nayak- Deputy Director of Karnataka State Horticulture Dept-Mangaluru; P Shridhar- Range Forest Officer, Karnataka State Forest Dept; Dr Sachidananda Rai- President of IMA-Mangaluru; along with other guests namely- Environmentalist Krishnappa K; Krishna Nayak, Ravikumar, and Somanna Gowda- all three Deputy RFO; Ms Janaki- Sr Assistant Director, and Ms Renuka- Assistant at Horticulture Department, joined by students of A J Medical College, and large number of IMA and AMC members, among other guests and well-wishers.

The First three saplings were planted by Dr K V Devadiga- Founder President of IMA-Mangaluru and a Senior Neurosurgeon, and Dr Sanjeev Rai- Chief of Medical services at Father Muller Hospital, Mangaluru; and Dr Diwakar Rao- Senior Neurosurgeon, joined by chief guest H R Nayak, P Shridhar and others- and later many of the guests of honor planted a sapling. The varieties of trees that were planted were- Jambulu, Jack Fruit, Mango, Nerale, Hebalasu, Punarpuli, Chikku, among many other fruit bearing trees. Addressing the gathering chief guest H R Nayak said, “This is very good initiative taken by the doctors, even though their profession doesn’t deal with plants. Planting trees should be a hobby of everyone irrespective of their profession. Mangaluru which was once filled with greenery is losing its greenery to infrastructure of high rise buildings and apartments. We need to plant trees/plants so that Mangaluru can have a clean and green environment, for a healthy and better living”.

Also speaking on the occasion, Shridhar P, the Range Forest Officer said, “Mangaluru has changed from Green City to Flats City and now to Concrete City. It’s sad to note that decades old trees which gave clean air and oxygen for us are getting chopped down for road widening or construction of buildings and apartments. Everyone should plant a sapling today for a better tomorrow. Planting trees in your neighborhood really is one of the best things you can do for the local environment and for the planet. It’s no secret that trees help the environment, but you may be surprised by all the benefits that planting trees can provide. Besides producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air, trees have many other social, economic, and environmental benefits. Trees are like the lungs of the planet. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Additionally, they provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. Therefore trees are essential to the planet and to humans. My request to doctors is that on each of your prescription slip, at bottom you should have a slogan printed saying-“Plant More Trees for Cleaner & Greener Environment”or any other slogan of your choice, which would bring awareness on tree planting”.

Environmentalist Krishnappa K recited a few slogans pertaining to environment and tree planting, and everyone gathered at the venue repeated after him. Dr Prashanth Marla- Medical Director of A J Hospital and Research Centre, also planted saplings along with his students from A J Medical College, Mangaluru. Dr Sachidananda Rai-President of IMA-Mangaluru in his welcome address, urged the IMA members to start planting trees in their homes or at their clinics/hospitals, thereby make a difference in the community, and make Mangaluru look green and clean. Dr Sudhindra Rao- Secretary of IMA compered and proposed the vote of thanks.

History of Doctor’s Day in India :

National Doctors’ Day is celebrated on July 1 all across India 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, aged 80 years. Dr Roy was honoured with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961. The celebration of the Doctors’ Day is an attempt to emphasize on the value of doctors in our lives and to offer them our respects by commemorating one of their greatest representatives. India has shown remarkable improvements in the medical field and July 1 pays a tribute to all the doctors who have made relentless efforts towards achieving this goal irrespective of the odds.

Doctor’s Day in India was established by the Government of India in 1991 to be recognized and celebrated every year on 1st of July as National Doctors day. It is celebrated to value doctors and their role in country’s development. National Doctors day in India is a big awareness campaign offering great opportunities to all to get aware about the roles, importance and responsibilities of the doctors as well as promote medical professionals to come closer and follow the responsibilities of their profession through dedication and commitment.

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