VICTORIAVILLE | While Quebec will seek, when the time came, a way of paying tribute to the victims of the current pandemic, in Victoriaville, it is already done for those of the terrible Spanish influenza that occurred 102 years old.
In the city centre, passers-by noticed a commemorative plaque unveiled to mark the centenary of the event in 2018 by the Commission of the historic sites and monuments of Canada. One reads there that the pandemic has made 50 million dead across the planet, of which 50 000 in Canada.
“The lack of national coordination between the military authorities, policies and health [curbed] the efforts of doctors, nurses and volunteers”, there it was specified. Moreover, the federal ministry of Health had just been created in the wake of this pandemic.
Victoriaville had been one of the main foci of the outbreak of the pandemic due to the presence in its walls of 40 000 visitors from Canada and the United States who participated in a eucharistic congress.
The city had been hard hit. In the old register of burials of the parish of Sainte-Victoire, the abbé Pierre Proulx noted that the number of deaths had soared between September and November 1918.
Abbé Proulx is in favour of this as a gesture of memorial to be placed for the COVID-19, but in a time and place only. “It’s still not bad in it. I think that it is necessary to wait a little bit it disappears, when we have found the vaccine”.
A second wave of the Spanish flu occurred in the spring of 1919. The ravages, however, were able to be contained.