Pak's 'Mother Teresa' Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

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Dr Ruth Pfau, a German religious woman, who devoted her life to treating leprosy patients in Pakistan, passed on at 4 am today.

"The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for the eradication of leprosy".

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.

She has been running a leprosy centre and was in charge of Mary Adelaide Society of Pakistan, where leprosy patients are treated.

Pfau, who died Thursday at the age of 87, soon returned to Karachi after her brief stint in India.

Pfau trained as a doctor in her youth and went on to join a Catholic sisterhood.

It was because of her efforts that the World Health Organization declared Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to be free from leprosy. In the following couple of years, the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center opened more branches in every other area of the nation, additionally in Gilgit-Baltistan.

From then onwards she dedicated herself to the fight against the disease, and by 1996 it was declared to have been brought under control.

Her death drew messages of condolences from all sections of Pakistani society, with many comparing her passing to that of the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who passed away a year ago.

She was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz, second highest civilian award of country in 1979, and later granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988.

Tributes poured in from across the country after the passing of the humanitarian.

"She came to Pakistan 56 years ago and spent her life looking after the diseased and dispossessed", Sen. "That is the worst", she told German newspaper Der Spiegel in 2015.

"With great concern we have got the sad massage of the death of Dr Ruth Pfau". After escaping Second World War and seeing her younger brother die, she first moved to West Germany and studied medicine at Mainz.

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