ISLAMABAD (Sarzameen News)- Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of Dr Ruth Pfau and lauded her patriotism and service to humanity.
The Prime Minister in a message said “Dr Ruth Pfau may have been born in Germany, but her heart was always in Pakistan.
“Dr Ruth came to Pakistan here at the dawn of a young nation, looking to make lives better for those afflicted by disease, and in doing so, found herself a home.
“We will remember her for her courage, her loyalty, her service to the eradication of leprosy, and most of all, her patriotism,” the Prime Minister said.
Dr Ruth breathed her last after a protracted illness Thursday.
She was 87. Born in Germany, Dr Ruth came to Pakistan in the 1960s and dedicated her life to fighting leprosy. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and was widely recognised for her service to humanity.
Dr Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, who spent over 50 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan, who is also known as ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa, was admitted to the ICU of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre on Wednesday as she was having breathing difficulties.
A team of doctors, treating the 88-year-old Dr. Ruth, shifted her to ventilator and were struggling to save her life. She passed away late Wednesday night while undergoing surgery.
In 1960, Dr Ruth decided to dedicate the rest of her life to the people of Pakistan and their battle against Leprosy. She came to Karachi and started treatment of the leprosy patients.
In recognition of her service to the country, she was awarded Pakistani citizenship in 1988. Dr Ruth received the Hilal-i-Pakistan award for her work with leprosy patients in 1989. She also received Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam in 2010.
Her last rituals will be performed at St. Patrick’s Church in Karachi’s Saddar area on August 19.