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Funeral rites of leprosy fighter Dr Ruth Pfau to be performed today

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published Pakistan by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published
Danilo Martir | 19 Agosto, 2017, 10:22

In pursuance of the announcement by the prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, state funeral shall be accorded to leprosy fighter Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau today.

Last rites of Pakistan's "Mother Teresa" Dr Ruth Pfau will be held today in Karachi with full state honours.

The highest ranking Catholic bishop of the Karachi diocese, Joseph Coutts will preside over the requiem mass of Dr Pfau at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, following which the body will be taken for burial in Gora Qabaristan situated at Shara-e-Faisal.

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To commemorate her death, the national flag of Pakistan will also fly at half-staff across the country.

Pfau chose to stay in Pakistan as a health care worker and her efforts in organizing a proper hospital building for the colony resulted in the creation of the first Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, in Karachi.

She also founded the National Leprosy Control Programme in different areas of Pakistan and was also head of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP).

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Hailing from Germany, Dr Pfau had been staying in Pakistan since 1960, when she was just 29, dedicating her life to cure patients of leprosy. Patients from all over Pakistan and even Afghanistan came for their treatment in Karachi's leprosy center.

It was due to her efforts that the World Health Organisation (WHO) finally declared Pakistan a leprosy-free country in 1966.

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