A commemorative postage of Rs8 was issued by Pakistan Post to pay tribute to the renowned German Pakistani doctor Dr Ruth Pfau. She dedicated her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan.
Prime Ministerof Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had authorized the State Bank of Pakistan to issue fifty thousand commemorative coin of Rs 50 in honor of the late humanitarian, last month.
Dr Pfau came to Pakistan in 1960s and ended up staying here. She adopted Pakistan as her new home as she dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients.
It was due to her endless struggle and service of this country that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy free in 1996.
She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988. She received numerous accolades for her services, including the country’s top civilian awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Pakistan.
The eighty seven years old German Pakistani doctor died after a prolonged illness on August 10, 2017, at a private hospital in Karachi.
Dr Pfau is the second person to be accorded a state funeral in 29 years, with the last one offered for late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi in 2016.
“The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for the eradication of leprosy. We are proud of her examplary services and she will remain in our hearts as a shining symbol in times ahead”, said Prime Minister Abbasi.