Infirmary Pelaihari

The military infirmary 4th class at Pleyhari (SE Kalimantan) is mentioned in the publication of D. Schoute “De Geneeskunde in Nederlandsch-Indie in de 19e eeuw”, GTNI 75 (1935) 10, 827. The article refers to a survey of  all the military facilities in 1867 . In that year the infirmary at Pelaihari (Pleyhari) had on average 4 inpatients. The hospital was part of the Military Medical Service (MGD),  which in 1867 (the year of the survey of all military facilities) managed a total of 79 facilities (3 large military hospitals, 35 garrison hospitals and 41 infirmaries) with on average 4,244 occupied beds.

Some 25 years later, the Annex D of the Koloniaal Verslag 1890 reports a total  of 3,358 inpatients by the end of that year, whereas 52,631 patients have been admitted for the whole of the Netherlands Indies. The report concerns 28 military hospitals, 54 ziekenzalen (infirmaries) and 6 specialized facilities. The infirmary at Pelaihari is not mentioned any more, meaning that the facility had been closed in the meantime or that a vacancy of the post of officer of health caused failure of reporting.

Pleyhari or Pelaihari is situated in the department Banjarmasin of the Residency Zuider- en Oosterafdeeeling of Borneo (SE Kalimantan).