By Freddie Lazaro
CAMP MELCHOR F. DELA CRUZ, Isabela – – A newly recruited soldier died due to heat stroke after attending the reception rites for Candidate Soldier Course Class 546-2018 at the Training School of the army’s 5th Infantry Division started on June 7.
Candidate Soldier (CS) Julius P. Hernando, 21, a resident of Barangay Rang-ayan, Mallig, Isabela, expired while undergoing medical treatment at the Ilagan Doctors General Hospital (IDGH) at about 4:30 AM on June 8.
Lieutenant Colonel Ignacio P Timbol, the commanding officer of the Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz Station Hospital (CMFDCSH), reported that prior to the incident, Hernando joined the traditional opening ceremony and reception rites of CSC CL 546 -2018 around 10 AM on June 07.
He said that Hernando passed out after the final phase of the reception rites ceremony at 12:30 PM and was immediately brought by the army training personnel to CMFDCSH) for medical treatment.
Hernando went through medical emergency procedures at the CMFDCSH but he was transferred to IDGH when he began to have seizure episode with declining vital signs at 5 PM.
At around 4:30 AM on June 08, 2018, the attending physician at the IDGH pronounced Hernando dead due to heatstroke or T/C Electro Imbalance R/O Seizure Disorder despite resuscitated measure done.
Major General Perfecto M Rimando Jr., the commander of the army’s 5th Infantry Division, was deeply saddened upon learning the incident.
He assured to the bereaved family of Hernando that they would receive all the intended support and assistance for their lost loved one.
“The whole Star troopers sympathize with the family of Hernando for his untimely death; he will be given all the necessary support and assistance from the army’s 5th Infantry Division,” said Rimando.
Hernando is a certified and a bonafide member of the AFP as Appointment Order Number, Special Order 850 dated June 05, 2018 from headquarters of the Philippine Army covers him.