NCA de­nies re­fus­ing con­script rest re­quest

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Su­pe­ri­ors did not refuse an al­ter­na­tive ser­vice­man’s re­quest to take a break be­fore he col­lapsed and died, the Na­tional Con­scrip­tion Agency (NCA, ) said yes­ter­day. NCA head Lin Kou-enn ( ) yes­ter­day told lo­cal me­dia that ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion the agency learned from the ser­vice­man sur­named Chen’s fel­low col­leagues, Chen did not ask for a rest be­fore he col­lapsed while weed­ing at a train­ing cen­ter in Greater Taichung Fri­day.

Lin said the death of Chen is ex­tremely re­gret­ful yet such false ac­cu­sa­tion that said Chen’s su­pe­ri­ors had de­nied his re­quest for a break be­fore he died was “un­grounded.”

Lin added that the agency has handed all re­lated in­for­ma­tion of Chen to pros­e­cu­tors to as­sist the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of his death.

The agency is also ac­tively as­sist­ing Chen’s fam­ily to han­dle the af­ter­math of their son’s death.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCA, Chen, 22, col­lapsed shortly af­ter 9 a.m. Fri­day when he and his col­leagues were weed­ing be­hind a restau­rant at an al­ter­na­tive servicemen train- ing cen­ter in cen­tral Taichung’s Cheng Gong Ling ( ).

Chen was given emer­gency treat­ment and rushed to a nearby 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 in­stead of heat­stroke. But an au­topsy will be needed to de­ter­mine fur­ther de­tails, it added.

The agency said Chen was drafted last Oc­to­ber and had shown no ab­nor­mal phys­i­cal con­di­tions over the past eight months. He was sched­uled to com­plete his ser­vice in three months.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCA, the train­ing cen­ter has set a risk fac­tor sys­tem that takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity level to de­cide whether a ser­vice­man can do out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

At the 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.

Also, Chen was weed­ing in the shade of a tree, which should not have been a tough job, the NCA said.

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