Pakistan commemorates its Mother Teresa; Dr. Ruth Pfau

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  • Today is remembered as the second death anniversary of Pakistan’s Mother Teresa – Dr Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau.
  • She travelled even to the far-flung areas of Pakistan where no proper treatment for leprosy patients was available.
  • Laid to rest in Gora Cementary in Karachi Dr Ruth Pfau was the first-ever civilian woman to get the honour of state funeral.
  • It was the result of her tireless services that Pakistan was declared leprosy free by WHO in 1996.
  • CM Punjab paid rich tribute to the services rendered by the late Dr Ruth Pfau for the elimination of Leprosy from Pakistan.
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Today is the second death anniversary of Pakistan’s Mother Teresa Dr. Ruth Pfau – photo courtesy Radio Pakistan.

Mother Teresa, the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, dedicated her life to helping the poor and sick. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 in recognition of her humanitarian works. She spent most of the years of her life serving to the dying poor and her tireless work made her one of the most famous women on the planet.

August 10 is remembered as the second death anniversary of Pakistan’s Mother Teresa – Dr Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau – who was a German-based Pakistani physician and devoted more than fifty years of her life for the treatment of leprosy patients. She left this world on August 10 two years ago but set a precedent for humanity.

She travelled even to the far-flung areas of Pakistan where no proper treatment for leprosy patients was available. She was awarded Pakistani citizenship in 1988. She also travelled to war-torn Afghanistan to treat leprosy patients.

Born in 1929 in Leipzig (Germany), she encountered leprosy patients and was motivated to serve humanity by seeing their pain and helplessness. She laid the foundation for Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi but now that small clinic of Karachi has turned into a network of over 157 leprosy centres across Pakistan.

It was the result of her tireless services that Pakistan was declared leprosy free by WHO in 1996. She was awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Pakistan, Nishan-e-Pakistan(the highest civilian award of the country) and many others.

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CM Punjab paid rich tribute to the services rendered by the late Dr Ruth Pfau for the elimination of Leprosy from Pakistan. She served humanity without any discrimination, said Usman Buzdar adding that she’s the glowing example for everyone and her services will always be remembered, Radio Pakistan reported.

Laid to rest in Gora Cementary in Karachi Dr Ruth Pfau was the first-ever civilian woman to get the honour of state funeral. She was sent to Pakistan in 1960 by the Daughters of the Heart of Mary to perform the medical services. She also wrote several books about her work in Pakistan. Dr Ruth Pfau was the real hero who served humanity until her demise in 2017.

What is leprosy?

Leprosy is the chronic infectious disease caused by a bacterium species. The disease mainly affects the skin, peripheral nerves, respiratory tract. The disease is curable and treatment in the early stages can prevent disability.

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