In a pleasant turn of events, Mr. Tariq Bajwa (Governer-SBP) accompanied by the German Ambassador Martin Cobler, revealed a special edition Rs.5o in honor of Dr. Ruth Pfau.
In a ceremony held at the SBP Headquarters in Karachi on May 8th, the coin was unveiled and will be available for issue across the country from May 9th.
The move was applauded all over the country, with celebrities praising State banks move to honor the German born who spent over 5 decades eradicating Pakistan of leprosy.
The State Bank of Pakistan just issued a Rs50 coin in honor of Dr. Ruth Pfau, the German nun who spent her life caring for lepers in Karachi. pic.twitter.com/Kpy9CZfhTo
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) May 8, 2018
Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, commonly known as Dr. Ruth Pfau was instrumental in establishing 157 leprosy centers under her National Leprosy Control Program in Pakistan. Her hard work was pivotal in saving patients that numbered in excess of 55,000. Due to her dedicated efforts, in 1996, the World Health Organisation declared Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to have controlled leprosy.
Affectionately dubbed as ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’, Dr. Ruth was a Hilal-i-Imtiaz winner among several other accolades.
In her tribute, State Bank Governor, Tariq Bajwa quoted:
With her efforts Pakistan became the first country in the region to control the disease”. Adding, “No amount of awards and recognition can we repay her extraordinary services for the country”.
She was God sent for many – and this move by SBP serves as a reminder of her greatness.