President grieved over demise of Dr. Ruth Pfau

President grieved over demise of Dr. Ruth Pfau”

Lauding the unforgettable services of late Dr Pfau for the elimination of leprosy from Pakistan, he said she left her country and made Pakistan her homeland just to serve the humanity.

Ruth Pfau came to Pakistan in 1960s and dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients.

Dr Pfau, who led a battle against the stigmatised disease of leprosy, passed away early Thursday morning after a long illness.

She has been running a leprosy centre and was in charge of Mary Adelaide Society of Pakistan, where leprosy patients are treated.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Dr. Pfau "may have been born in Germany, but her heart was always in Pakistan", the BBC reported. In the following couple of years, the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center opened more branches in every other area of the nation, additionally in Gilgit-Baltistan. The nun persuaded the Pakistani government five years later to start a programme against leprosy across the country. She became known as the Mother Theresa of Pakistan, a reference to Mother Theresa of India, the nun and missionary who became a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

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In 1996, the World Health Organization declared that Pakistan had the disease under control, one of the first Asian countries to do so.

Pakistani senator Sherry Rehman wrote: "She came to Pakistan 56 years ago and spent her life looking after the diseased and dispossessed". She was being sent to a Mission Station in India by her Congregation but due to some visa problems she broke journey in Karachi and here she was introduced to the leprosy work.

She was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz - Pakistan's second highest civilian award - in 1979, the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989. "That is the worst", she told German newspaper Der Spiegel in 2015. "We owe u a debt of gratitude Dr Ruth Pfau".

Chief of Army Staff Qamar Jawed Bajwa referred to Dr Ruth as an "ambassador of humanity" and said "she will always be remembered" for her services.

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