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Let’s introduce a National Doctors Day

June 4, 2012

FMT LETTER: From T Murugiah, via e-mail

Malaysians are well known for their generousity and kindness of heart to those who have served them. Let it be individuals from political or private sector, professionals, sports personalities or anyone from whichever sector.

Many in the country are always remembered for their effort, services and contribution to the nation. Often we celebrate and extend our wishes to all those related people on special days like Valentine’s Day, Teachers Day, Nurses Day, Hari Pahlawan.

I believe there should be a day, all Malaysians need to honour the doctors. Their contribution towards humanity is immeasurable.

I believe The Health Ministry should find a suitable date to officially recognise a day to express our gratitude and appreciation for the doctor’s commitment and compassion. A tribute to mark the doctors’ dedication is much needed.

Doctor’s day is widely celebrated in few countries such as Cuba, Iran, India, Turkey, USA and many more. It is well known that the first Doctor’s day dated back to March 30, 1933 where the idea had come from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr Charles B Almond.

The date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic in surgery. (On March 30, 1842, Dr Crawford Long of Barrow County, Ga., had used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck.)

It’s the doctors who perform vital diagnosis, treatment and care for us. When in ill health, there is no other person more important to us than a doctor.

By creating the National Doctors Day, we Malaysians can show our appreciation to the doctors, at least in a small but significant way.

The writer is Former Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department & Perak State MIC Exco


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