Heritage Malta To Stream A Feature On Past Pandemics & Epidemics In Malta

 

On the 8th of April, Heritage Malta will be streaming a feature on Facebook on past pandemics and mitigation measures titled ‘Plagues, Pandemics, Prevention and Mitigation – A Recurring History’.

 

The Spanish flu in Malta - The Real Malta Tours

 

The 20-minute documentary will take viewers on a swift journey throughout the ages, seeing local life during past pandemics, epidemics, and contagious diseases whilst providing some insight into how our health authorities have tackled them across the centuries.

 

 

The film will also give a brief history of pandemics and epidemics in Malta, like the plague and the Spanish Flu, and how such diseases triggered the Knights of St John to develop a better healthcare system.

 

How poor leadership may have cost thousands of lives when Malta faced the  plague in 1675, 1813 - The Malta Independent

 

That said, the documentary will look into the setting up of a lazaretto on Manoel Island. It will then move onto The Second World War, narrating how the rumours preceding led to the fear of another outbreak and how health authorities prepared for it.

 

 

Viewers also get a glimpse into our forefathers’ reactions to the vaccines offered back then, as documented in archived letters.

 

File:Rare dead cart at the Żabbar Sanctuary Museum.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

 

Altogether, this documentary aims at highlighting the relevance of archival documents and research, and how they have influenced current mitigation measures against coronavirus.

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