Infirmary Sampit

The military infirmary 4th class at Sampit (SE Kalimantan) was 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 Sampit had on average 4 patients. The infirmary 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 Sampit infirmary is not mentioned, which implies that it has been closed in the meantime or that there is a vacancy of an officer of health responsible for reporting.

In 1900 the situation of military health facilities was: 30 hospitals, 56 infirmaries and 5 specialized facilities, such as reconvalescent centers and leprosy asylums. The total number of admittances was in 1899: 57,071 and the number of present inpatients by the end of 1899: 3,731.  Again theree is no mentioning of the Sampit infirmary (See Koloniaal Verslag 1900, Addendum A).

Sampit is in the 1930s a subdepartment and subdistrict of the department Koealakapoeas, Residency Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo  (SE Kalimantan).It has 61,000 inhabitants,of whom 19 Europeans and 351 Chinese. It is the river basin of the Soengai Sampit, on which river the main town Sampit is situated. The upper region is inhabited by Dajaks and the other part of te region by Malay people, strongly mixed with Javanese (Gonggryp 1934, 1266).