Sindh CM seeks permission for state funeral for Ruth Pfau

Ruth Pfau

Ruth Pfau

Colin Dwyer at NPR reports that Pfau's order, the Daughters of the Hearts of Mary, sent her to India when she was 29 years old. Such instances even surpass the affectionate bond blood relationships share, so was Dr Ruth Pfau's devotion to humanity and her cause to cure leprosy.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has announced that Pfau will receive an official state funeral.

Dr Pfau first visited Pakistan in 1960 and was so touched by the plight of leprosy victims that she chose to stay forever in the country to treat them.

Indeed, like Mother Teresa, Dr. Ruth Pfau helped and supported the unloved and uncared people with sheer dignity. Though leprosy is not a life threatening disease but disfiguring of skin and body tissues have health, social and economic consequences and its successful treatment matters much for the patient. Afterwards, she returned to Karachi to organize and expand the Leprosy Control Program. The government must ensure provision of necessary resources and assistance to the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center, founded by the late Dr Ruth Pfau.

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"She was a messiah and magic healer for her patients". "He must have been my age, I was at this time not yet 30, and he crawled on hands and feet into this dispensary, acting as if this was quite normal, as if someone has to crawl there through that slime and dirt on hands and feet, like a dog".

She was also known for rescuing children with leprosy, who had been banished to caves and cattle pens for years by their parents, who were afraid of contracting the disease themselves.

Due to her tireless efforts, the World Health Organisation in 1996 declared Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to be free of leprosy.

"It was due to her endless struggle that Pakistan defeated leprosy", the German Consulate in Karachi posted on Facebook after learning of Sister Pfau's death.

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Lobel reports that it took some effort on Pfau's part to get the government to cooperate with her anti-leprosy efforts, but she eventually got its cooperation and was named the nation's federal advisor on leprosy.

In 1979, she was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country. She was granted citizenship in 1988. She spent more than a half century of public service and finally went on his eternal journey.

She also authored several books about her experiences, including To Light A Candle, which has been translated into English.

It may be noted that funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Saddar, Karachi and she will be laid to rest at the Christian cemetery, Karachi.

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