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NS-MAN DIED AFTER COLLAPSING DURING NS FIT SESSION @ WEST COAST

A 25-year-old NSman collapsed during a high intensity interval training (HIIT) session at West Coast Park on 2 March, as part of the NS FIT programme.

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He had collapsed at the start of the main exercise at about 7.38pm, and was attended to by trainers from the Health Promotion Board’s external vendor.

They commended CPR and AED on the man, before he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, before passing away at 9.21pm.

Here is Mindef’s full statement

A male participant, aged 25, collapsed while participating in Health Promotion Board (HPB)’s Quick HIIT session in West Coast Park at 7.38pm on 2 March 2022. He collapsed at the start of the main exercise after completing the warm up. He was immediately attended to on site by trainers who are from HPB’s external vendor. The trainers, who are cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) trained, administered CPR and AED on the participant.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the incident at 7.41pm. The participant was subsequently conveyed to National University Hospital (NUH) via ambulance at 7.55pm. The SCDF continued resuscitative efforts on site as well as en route to the hospital. The ambulance arrived at NUH at 8.23pm and he was pronounced dead at 9.21pm.

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In the interim, all HPB Quick HIIT sessions are suspended until 6 March 2022 while investigations are on-going and safety practices reviewed. In all HPB physical activity programmes, on-site safety briefings and well-being checks are conducted prior to the commencement of each session.

The deceased was a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Operationally Ready National Serviceman (NSman) participating in the Quick HIIT session as part of the NS FIT[1] programme. HPB, Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend their deepest condolences to the family and are assisting the family in their time of grief.

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