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Alternative military serviceman dies while weeding

Alternative military serviceman dies while weeding

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) A serviceman serving his alternative military service died Friday shortly after he collapsed while weeding, the National Conscription Agency has confirmed. The 22-year-old serviceman, identified only by his surname Chen, collapsed and began convulsing shortly after 9 a.m. when he and his colleagues were weeding behind a restaurant at Chengkungling in Taichung, central Taiwan. Chen was given emergency treatment and rushed to the hospital, but resuscitation efforts failed and he was pronounced dead about one hour later. The hospital initially said that his death could have been caused by a heart problem, but that an autopsy will be needed to determine further details. Lin Kou-enn (???), head of the National Conscription Agency, said Chen was an orderly and had a regular schedule in the military. He had not been on duty the previous night. Four or five other conscripts doing the weeding with Chen said they detected nothing usual before Chen fainted. The agency said Chen was drafted in October and had shown no abnormal physical conditions over the past eight months. Chen was weeding in the shade of a tree, which should not have been a tough job, Lin said. The agency also said that the military has a risk factor system that takes into consideration the temperature and humidity level. At the time time of Chen's collapse, the risk factor was 38, two points below the 40 level that requires outdoor drills to be conducted in the shade and for conscripts to drink sufficient water. As heat exhaustion might have played a role in Chen's death, Lai Chih-kuan (???), a doctor at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, called for the public to be on guard after days of sweltering heat, adding that those who have cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly should avoid going out and exposing themselves to the sun if the temperature reaches 35 degrees Celsius.
(By Tang Pei-chun, Chen Ching-fang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 12:10 GMT+08:00