MND Criticized for Virus Outbreak on Bases 成功嶺256人.金六結63人染疫 國防部挨批

On July 8, a solider pointed out 63 people were infected at Yilan's Jin Liu Jie Military Base. He complained the army's epidemic prevention policy is absurd, causing concern among legislators. 


The epidemic is spreading across military bases. First, 256 draftees, or nearly 30 percent of substitute service draftees in Chengkungling were infected with COVID-19. Now another draftee has written to a legislator, pointing out that 63 out of 126 soldiers at Yilan's Jin Liu Jie military base were infected within five weeks. The draftee complained that the Ministry of National Defense's epidemic prevention measures were useless.

Jin Liu Jie Base Draftee: “If there is a confirmed case on base, he will be isolated by himself. But what about the other soldiers sleeping around him in the dorm? Should they just remain in their bunks and not be isolated too?”

The draftee accused the military of double standards when it comes to epidemic prevention measures. For example, masks must be worn for 3,000-meter runs, but masks are prohibited when camouflage cream is applied during individual combat training. Meanwhile, daily temperature measurements were not implemented. Draftees must show negative rapid test results before returning to the base. However, they don't need to film it as proof. The draftee also said that if COVID was contracted during their time off the base, it was regarded as a positive diagnosis outside the base and there was no need to quarantine when returning to base.

Jin Liu Jie Base Draftee: “A soldier doesn't need to go to a testing clinic. Are these quick screening tests even his own? Someone came back to base and his negative test turned positive again and he continued to infect others.”

The MND responded that it will send doctors and medical personnel to the base to provide professional advice. However, it didn't directly respond to the question of how many people in Chengkungling and Jin Liu Jie were infected. The MND said it's constantly amending its numbers as new cases increase and the infected soldiers turn negative after quarantine. Legislators were in disbelief when the MND claimed that Chengkungling now has zero infections.

Ho Chih-wei, Legislator (DPP): “I just want to ask how many people have been infected in half a year. Please respond, thank you. ”
Chen I-jung, Epidemic Command Center, MND: “I feel like we're being entangled with this number. ”
Ho Chih-wei, Legislator (DPP): “What law authorizes you not to respond?”

The MND stated that the number of confirmed cases should be announced by the CECC. In this regard, legislators asked the MND to face up to the problem, implement epidemic prevention and containment, and don't let military bases become virus hotspots. 

 

 

國防部營區疫情連環爆,成功嶺有863名受訓替代役,有256人快篩陽確診。現在又有軍事訓練役役男向立委陳情,指出宜蘭金六結營區,一連共126人,在五週內竟有半數,高達63人確診。尤其是獨創六宮格隔離術,役男控訴國軍防疫政策荒腔走板。

陳情人說:「如果軍中出現確診者,軍中會隔離確診者本人,以及床位的六宮格,當兵的各位,有辦法只待在床位上,不要移動嗎?」

軍中防疫措施問題有多大?役男列舉鑑測項目防疫標準不一,包括3000公尺跑步必須配戴口罩,但進行單兵戰鬥教練,塗抹偽裝膏,卻被要求禁止配戴口罩,導致鑑測完就有人確診。加上沒有落實天天量體溫,返營的快篩證明不用錄影,役男還表示,若是放假期間確診視為營外確診,返營不用隔離。

陳情人表示:「不用去檢驗說,這些快篩盤是不是他自己的,就可以回營區了,然後就有人回營區後,陰性又變陽性,繼續傳染給其他人。」

國防部回應,會派專業醫師、醫療人員到營區提供專業意見。至於成功嶺跟金六結有多少人染疫?國防部卻是答非所問,指出確診數字按照新增跟解隔離人數,進行滾動式修正,還聲稱成功嶺現在是0確診,讓立委直搖頭。

民進黨立委何志偉問:「半年的時間,累計多少人確診?我只要問一個數字就可以了,不好意思請回應,謝謝您。」

國防部疫情指揮中心主任陳怡蓉回應:「跟委員報告就是,如果一直糾纏在這個數字的話,其實就是非常的一個。」

對此,何志偉質疑:「你是根據什麼法條授權,可以不回應?」

國防部表示,確診數字要由指揮中心公布。立委則要求國防部正視問題,落實疫情防堵,別讓軍營成為病毒培養皿。

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