The people in charge in Islamabad are thinking about giving a new name to an important road in the city. They want to call it “Dr. Ruth Pfau Road” to honor Dr. Ruth Pfau, a famous doctor from Germany who helped treat leprosy in Pakistan for more than 55 years.
The boss of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has suggested that this road should be named after Dr. Ruth Pfau. Out of the many roads without names in Islamabad, they want to choose one to remember her.
Dr. Ruth Pfau came to Pakistan from Germany in 1961 and spent 55 years fighting against leprosy here. She received many awards like Hilal-i-Pakistan, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam, and Sitara for her work.
She set up 157 clinics to help people with leprosy in Pakistan, taking care of 56,780 patients. Her impact was so big that a medical college and hospital in Karachi were named after her. She passed away in August 2017 and was given special honors by the government.
This idea to change the road’s name is similar to what they did in June 2023. The CDA chose to change the famous IJP Road’s name to Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Road. Some people liked this decision, but others didn’t. The CDA went ahead and changed the name after they officially opened it.