EXTREME heat downed 25 Philippine National Police personnel after being exposed under the scorching heat of the sun for over four hours during the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame last Wednesday, People’s Tonight learned yesterday.
However, all 25 PNP personnel, two of them one-star generals, were immediately ordered discharged after being treated at the PNP General Hospital mostly for heat exhaustion, high blood pressure, dehydration and essential hypertension.
The PNP Health Service also denied reports circulating around Camp Crame that one of the 25 -- a member of the parading element of the elite PNP Special Action Force -- passed away a day after the successful PNP anniversary rites attended by President Duterte.
It turned out that the SAF trooper with the rank of police officer 1 collapsed due to low blood sugar. He stayed at the emergency room for several hours before being discharged in the evening. The commando returned to the SAF Training Battalion in Sta. Rosa City in Laguna on Thursday afternoon.
The hot weather has prompted calls from Camp Crame-based personnel attending the PNP ‘Slimpossible’ activities every 3 p.m. of Tuesday and Thursday to change the schedule of the weight loss program from late afternoon of the day to early in the morning when the weather is still cool.
Three non-uniformed personnel were taken to the PNPGH’s emergency hospital on Thursday afternoon after suffering from heat exhaustion while attending the physical conditioning activity at the Camp Crame oval.
Police personnel interviewed by PT said that being exposed under the heat of the sun, when the heat index is ’41 degrees Celsius, is very dangerous and could kill a person.
On Wednesday, emergency crew from the PNP Health Service became very busy in caring after dozens of the parading elements and other watchers as they were collapsing one by one while waiting for the arrival of the President.
PNP ambulances were seen coming back and forth to transport the uniformed and non-uniformed personnel who can’t anymore endure the heat of the sun. One of the parading elements, Chief Supt. Elmer Escosia, was seen leaving the area although the other, Chief Supt. Angelito Casimiro, bravely stood his ground and waited for the parade and review to finish before being brought to the hospital due to heat exhaustion.