Pakistan’s mother Teressa, Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, proved that humanity doesn’t believe in nationalities, religions and ethnicities. Dedicating her entire life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, Dr Pfau left her native country, her family and loved ones to serve the needy people of the country she didn’t even belong to for 50 years. After arriving in Pakistan when she was just 29 back in 1960, she presented her unmatched services to the needing segment. She founded Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi and in other provinces including Gilgit Baltistan as well and treated over 50,000 families.
Initiating her charitable work back in 1968, with her dedication and commitment, Pakistan was declared leprosy free in 1996. To celebrate her contributions, she was awarded Pakistani citizenship in 1998.
LEPROSY: a contagious disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves, causing discolouration and lumps on the skin and, in severe cases, disfigurement and deformities. Leprosy is now mainly confined to tropical Africa and Asia.
She breather her last in Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi on August 10, 2017, leaving the entire nation in mourning. She was accorded a full state funeral, making her the first non-Muslim to receive that and 19-gun salute.
To commemorate the magic healer, The State Bank of Pakistan has issued an Rs 50 coin dedicated to her. The coin was inaugurated at the event organized in State Bank Office Karachi. Addressing the ceremony, Governor State Bank Tariq Bajwa lauded her contributions for the country and medical sphere.
‘’She dedicated her life for the people who suffered from leprosy and it was it for those efforts that helped the country control the disease’’ (Source: Express Tribune)
German Ambassador Martin Kobler was also present at the occasion. He appreciated Dr Pfau’s services, also thanking State Bank of Pakistan and Government of Pakistan for this noble gesture.
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