UPDF recruit faints during exercise due to hunger
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UPDF recruit faints during exercise due to hunger

A Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) recruit named Levi Okwir collapsed during a physical fitness exercise in Dokolo District on July 9, suspecting he was hungry.

The young man, a resident of Okwongodul ‘B’ village, Okwongodul Parish, Dokolo Sub-County in Dokolo District, fainted at the Dokolo Technical Institute just before completing a 4km run.

He was immediately evacuated by an ambulance belonging to the UPDF recruitment team, codenamed ‘Team Six’, and an intensive care medical team.

Capt. Dr. Alex Kissa, Team Six medical officer, reported that the candidate’s blood pressure had dropped below normal but that he was resuscitated in time.

After regaining his balance, Okwir reportedly told the UPDF medical team that he had not taken in enough water and had not eaten enough food on the evening of July 8. On Tuesday morning, he had not eaten breakfast before training.

Captain Ahmad Hassan Kato, public information officer of the UPDF 4th Infantry Division and also the spokesman for Team Six, confirmed the incident. However, he told the Monitor that Okwir was now out of danger pending further medical examination.

“Mr. Levi didn’t even make it a kilometer before he fainted,” he said.

The recruitment team is based at the Dokolo Technical Institute where its role is to recruit young Ugandans who have submitted initial applications and have been shortlisted by the UPDF to join the police force.

Some of the shortlisted candidates to join UPDF at Dokolo Technical Institute on July 9, 2024. PHOTO/UPDF TEAM SIX

The team will recruit candidates from Amolatar and Dokolo districts on Tuesday, and candidates from Kaberamaido and Kalaki districts on Wednesday, July 10. However, all exercises will be held at the Dokolo Technical Institute in Dokolo City Council.

Captain Kato said at least 39 candidates from Dokolo and an additional 30 candidates from Amolatar would be recruited during the two-day exercise.

“We have registered eight absentee candidates from Dokolo and five from Amolatar,” he added.

Between July 10 and 14, Team Six will vet and recruit 25 candidates from Kaberamaido; 26 from Kalaka, 42 from Apac, 39 from Kwania, 83 from Oyam and 52 from Kole District in line with the quotas allocated to each district based on the latest census statistics.

“So far, three candidates have received fake Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results from Dokolo District and three from Amolatar District,” said a UPDF 4th Division spokesman.

“They have been handed over to the relevant internal security officers for further investigation and management. The team will only deal with those who have been selected, vetted and cleared for consideration to join the UPDF,” he said.

The medical team then examines the candidates for body deformities and conducts other detailed medical tests.