ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi on Thursday has announced a state funeral for the messiah of Pakistani lepers Dr. Ruth Pfau who passed away at a Karachi hospital on Thursday.
In a statement, PM Abbasi stated that the whole nation is indebted to Dr. Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for eradication of leprosy.
He added that she gave new hope to innumerable people and proved through her illustrious toil that serving humanity knows no boundaries.
‘We are proud of her exemplary services and she will remain in our hearts as a shining symbol in times ahead,’ the Prime Minister said.
Dr Ruth Pfau passed away early Thursday morning after a long illness at the age of 87.
She was born in Germany, came to Pakistan in the 1960s and dedicated her life to caring for patients suffering from leprosy.
Often dubbed Pakistan’s Mother Teresa, Dr Pfau was the founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan and in charge of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP), where leprosy patients are treated.
It was due to the endless struggle of Dr Pfau that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy-free in 1996. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous accolades for her services.
Dr Pfau had been hospitalized at a private hospital in Karachi for two weeks due to age-related illnesses, where her condition had been worsening.
According to MASP CEO Dr Lobo, Dr Pfau had been admitted to the ICU of a private hospital after her health deteriorated earlier.