PANIC OF SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC IN LAHORE 1850 – HENRY LAWRENCE ORDERS DRIVE AGAINST ITS SPREAD

PANIC OF SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC IN LAHORE 1850

HENRY LAWRENCE ORDERS DRIVE AGAINST ITS SPREAD

Central Asian depiction of Goddess Smallpox
Central Asian depiction of Goddess Smallpox

VARIOUS AREAS OF LAHORE IN PRECAUTIONARY DRIVE

goddess of smallpox
goddess of smallpox

A Smallpox epidemic swept Hindustan in the 19th century. There was no cure, just precautions. Probably millions died all over India in the spread of disease. Countless disfigured for a life time. Smallpox came to Lahore too but a lot of precautions were taken by Sir Henry Lawrence. We introduce an order by this Administrator of Lahore for clean sweeping all areas and the possible cure of same. The Hindus believed that the disease was started by Goddess Shitala and the cure was also given by her. The Muslims also must have resorted to prayers. The real need was cleanliness and it was undertaken by Henry Lawrence. The details can be read in his order for dealing with the disease in Lahore.

Orders of Henry Lawrence 1850
Orders of Henry Lawrence 1850
Smallpox Drive in Lahore 1850
Smallpox Drive in Lahore 1850

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