New Delhi: National Doctor's Day is being celebrated today. The day is celebrated on July 1 every year to thank the doctors and physicians for their relentless service to humanity. The theme of this year's Doctors Day is 'Lessen the mortality of COVID 19'.

On the occasion of Doctor's Day on Wednesday, PM Modi saluted the doctors who have been relentlessly fighting against COVID-19 at the forefront.

Taking to twitter, he wrote, “India salutes our doctors- exceptional caregivers who are at the forefront of a spirited fight against COVID-19. #doctorsday2020”

Union home minister Amit Shah too on Wednesday saluted doctors for their 'uttermost commitment to keep the nation safe and healthy.'

He applauded the doctors for their efforts and service amidst the ongoing pandemic.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Shah said, "On Doctor's Day, I salute our brave doctors who have been leading the battle against Covid-19 at the forefront. Their uttermost commitment to keep the nation safe and healthy in these challenging times is truly exceptional. Nation salutes their devotion and sacrifice."

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday extended his 'greetings and good wishes' to doctors across the nation for their 'selfless service to humanity'.

In a series of tweets, he also paid tribute to former chief minister of West Bengal, Dr BC Roy.

"On this Doctor's Day, I pay my tributes to Dr BC Roy, former chief minister of West Bengal and legendary physician, who made an invaluable contribution to the development of the medical field in India. #doctorsday," he tweeted.

Extending his greetings, he applauded the health workers for their efforts and service amidst the ongoing pandemic.

"I also extend my greetings and good wishes to doctors across the nation for their selfless service to humanity. In times of grave health emergencies like the current Covidpandemic, the doctors of our country have always bravely donned the mantle of being our frontline warriors," he said in another tweet.

Like every year, the country is observing Doctor's Day on July 1 to honour the contributions of the doctors.

The first National Doctor's day was celebrated in July 1991. In India, this day marks the birth as well as the death anniversary of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was one of the most renowned physicians in India and former chief minister of West Bengal. This year, the West Bengal government has declared a state holiday on the occasion today.