Monday Dec 04, 2017
The Pakistan Post has issued a commemorative postage of Rs8 denomination to pay tribute to the celebrated German-Pakistani doctor, Dr Ruth Pfau, who dedicated her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan.
Last month, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had also authorised the issuance of a commemorative coin in honour of the late humanitarian.
The State Bank of Pakistan was authorised to issue 50,000 commemorative coins of Rs50 each in recognition of Dr Pfau’s service.
The German-Pakistani doctor breathed her last after a prolonged illness on August 10, 2017, at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87.
Dr Pfau is 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.
“The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for the eradication of leprosy. We are proud of her exemplary services and she will remain in our hearts as a shining symbol in times ahead," Prime Minister Abbasi had said.
Dr Pfau 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-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Pakistan.