For more than two decades, every year on 1 July, those who work in the health sector and who do their best to treat patients and their problems are respectfully welcomed. Semmelweis Day is their holiday.

Ignác Semmelweis, Hungarian doctor, the “Mothers’ Savior” was born on 1 July 1818 in Tabán, in Buda. His groundbreaking discovery of chlorine handwashing prevented and reduced mortality from postpartum fever, but he also performed the first ovarian surgery in Hungary and the second caesarean section. He is a worthy successor to the doctors, nurses, health workers and laboratory technicians who work with similar dedication and continuous improvement of their skills to cure patients and make accurate diagnoses.

Recognition for sacrificial work

In March 1992, the Hungarian state passed a law declaring July 1 as Hungarian Health Day, the same day as Civil Servants’ and Government Officials’ Day.

Every year on Semmelweis Day, the best in the health sector receive professional awards. The most outstanding recipients are awarded the Ignác Semmelweis and László Batthyány-Strattmann prizes, but it is also the occasion for the awarding of the Mária Kopp Media Prize, the Professorship Emerita and Emeritus titles of Semmelweis University, and the appointment of the institution’s officers. Health workers are honoured for their sacrifices throughout the country, and to mark the occasion, 1 July 2011 was declared a public holiday for health workers.

Prevention is important every day

The day’s namesake, Ignác Semmelweis, raised awareness of the importance of prevention and prenatal care through his medical discoveries and his work.

Our laboratory offers packages that provide a comprehensive overview of the body’s most basic vital functions, metabolic processes, the functioning of the hematopoietic system and the essential functions of the liver and kidneys. Tests required during prenatal care are also available in the laboratory diagnostic range, either as individual tests or as packages.