Rich tributes paid to Dr. Ruth Pfau - Pakistan's Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan Dr. Ruth Pfau

Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan Dr. Ruth Pfau

A symbol of selflessness and dedication to leprosy patients, Dr Ruth Pfau, aged 87, passed away in Karachi on Wednesday night.

"It was due to her endless struggle that Pakistan defeated leprosy", German Consulate Karachi posted on Facebook.

She also founded the National Leprosy Control Programme in different areas of Pakistan and was also head of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP). However, a visa problem kept Pfau in Pakistan, where she went on to live for 57 years.

"Dr Pfau's services to end leprosy in Pakistan can not be forgotten".

According to Geo News, her funeral prayers will be offered at St Patrick's Church on August 19.

"Ruth Pfau may have been born in Germany, her heart was always in Pakistan".

Dr Pfau who was also known as "Pakistan's Mother Theresa" dedicated her life to the people of Pakistan, and started treating patients suffering from leprosy. She has treated over 50,000 patients.

With her efforts, in 1996, the World Health Organisation declared Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to have controlled leprosy.

In 1979, she was granted the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second most noteworthy non military personnel honor of the nation. In recognition of her services to the country, she was awarded Pakistani citizenship in 1988. "I have worked hard with my team to eradicate leprosy in Pakistan, our hard work could not completely eliminate this disease but at least we managed to decrease it", she said.

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