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Sindh govt renames Civil Hospital Karachi after Dr Ruth Pfau

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Dr Pfau, Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’, dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country

KARACHI: Sindh government has issued a notification renaming Civil Hospital to Dr. Ruth K.M. Pfau “in recognition of [her] services in medical field rendered".

The hospital will be renamed with immediate effect.

Dr Pfau, Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’, who dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country, was laid to rest at Karachi's Gora Qabristan with full state honours on Saturday.

Among the dignitaries who attended the burial of Pakistan's humanitarian hero were President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, IG Sindh, Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair.

German-Pakistani national Dr Ruth breathed her last after prolonged illness on August 10, 2017 at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87.

She is only 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.

Dr Ruth visited Pakistan in the 1960s and ended up staying, adopting Pakistan as her new home as she dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients.

It was due to her endless struggle 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, including the country's top civilian awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Pakistan.