Infirmary Selayar

The 3rd class infirmary at Saleyer (Selayar) on Sulawesi 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 of Selayar 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 Selayar infirmary is  not mentioned any more, meaning that it has been closed in the meantime or the post of officer of health is vacant.

Pulau Selayar is an island, situated southwest of Sulawesi. Benteng is its administrative center. Selayar is part of the province Sulawesi Selatan. It is long 80 km and not very wide (Max. 13 km). It has a surface of 642 square km.