Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Tariq Bajwa and German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler, unveiled a Rs50 commemorative coin at the headquarters of SBP on Tuesday in order to pay tribute to German Doctor who devoted his life to serving Pakistan.

Dr. Ruth Katherina Pfau, died in last year August, she devoted her entire life-fighting leprosy in Pakistan.

According to officials SBP, the coin was issued with the approval of federal government and it will be available for public issuance across the country from May 9.

Pfau was a symbol of devotion, love, commitment, and service to Pakistan, her tireless efforts were the major reason bringing leprosy under control when it was widespread, and she made the country earn the status of being the first country which eradicated leprosy in Asia.

Her contributions were widely acknowledged in the country and she had been awarded several medals including Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Nishan-e-Quaid-e-Azam, and Hilal-e-Pakistan.

The SBP governor said “Pfau had spent her entire life helping people suffering from painful disease, with her dedication Pakistan became the first country in the region to bring the disease under control. He said with no amount of awards and recognition can we repay her extraordinary services to the country.”

The commemorative coin is something unique, the bank has done this before to pay tribute to the only handful of people including Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Fatima Jinnah and Abdul Sattar Edhi—he added.

German Ambassador Kobler thanked SBP and the government of Pakistan during his speech recognizing Dr. Pfau efforts for the country. He said she was the true ambassador of the country and the source of connection between the countries. Pfau was a physician and nun who migrated from Germany to Pakistan and devoted more than 50 years of her life to poor people suffered from leprosy in the country.

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