Infirmary Tandjong

The  military infirmary 3rd class at Tandjung (Westcoast Sumatra) 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 Tandjong had on average  10 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 infirmary at Tandjong is not mentioned any more, most probably meaning that it was closed in the meantime.

Tandjong is a very common name in the topography of Indonesia. Most probably was the Tandjong, Schoute mentioned, situated in the Residency Westcoast Sumatra, in the mountains, in the neighbourhood of Tandjongbalik. In SE Kalimantan a subdivision of the division Oeloesoengai, of the Residency Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo, is called Tandjong and is mentioned in Koloniaal Verslag 1899, Annex  A as a garrison with a health facility during 1898: 25 patients had been admitted, but by the end of the year no patients were left.