February 8, 2024 – The Communications Division, Khon Kaen University carried out the Pleasant-living Neighborhood Project by training the community to perform first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at Village No. 12, Ban Non Muang, Khon Kaen. Ajarn Natsamol Tanakulrungsarit, Assistant to the President for Special Affairs delivered the opening address. Mr. Charnchaisawat Issarawong, Director of Non Muang School and the Head of Non Muang Village No. 12 welcomed the participants, KKU and the community administrators, Chairman of the Village Health Volunteer, teachers and the 5th graders of Non Muang School totaling over 150 people. Trainers were from Queen Sirikit Heart Center. The workshop took place at the Auditorium of Non Muang School, Sila Sub-district, Muang District, Khon Kaen.
The Pleasant-living Neighborhood Project and the workshop on First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Performance was aimed at strengthening the community and enhancing academic services in the society by providing them knowledge for sustainable development. Ban Non Muang is a community adjacent to Khon Kaen University and a highly-populated neighbor. Thus, it is a risk area where people are prone to losing consciousness, and first aid and CPR performance are the vital skill.
Ajarn Natsamol Tanakulrungsarit, Assistant to the President for Special Affairs, Khon Kaen University said that first aid and CPR are something that can happen in our daily life. This project received assistance from Queen Sirikit Heart Center of the Northeast, by sending trainers to run the workshop. It was hoped that all the trainers would acquire knowledge from the training. All through the 60 years that Khon Kaen University exists with Non Muang Community, the good relationships have developed. Therefore, Khon Kaen University will continue to provide information and knowledge through different activities and projects according to the community’s needs.
Mr. Charnchaisawat Issarawong, Director of Non Muang School added that Khon Kaen University has always supported the community in terms of academic services for many years. Non Muang School also accepts students under practicum program from KKU. Good relationship has been developed all through these years. The School director then thanked Khon Kaen University and trainers from Queen Sirikit Heart Center for the training in first aid and CPR performance for the village health volunteers, students and other participants.
Mr. Therdsak Thammakhan, the Village Head said that Khon Kaen University sees the importance of first aid and CPR performance and thus offered this training. At present, especially during summer, the weather is hot and there are more patients who need assistance in first aid. The training would benefit the people and the students who will be able now to help their parents, grandparents and people in the family.
The Pleasant-living Neighborhood Project and the workshop on First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Performance featured also the theoretical part, where speakers explained about the importance of first aid and CPR performance. Then the participants were able to attempt CPR by the use of a dummy so that they will be able to perform it when facing the situation.
Miss Natkritta Thongkhao, a 5th grader of Non Muang School said that she enjoyed attempting CPR and the training was like learning outside classroom that was fun and informative.
“I will teach my sister and my family. In case there is someone becoming unconscious, we will be able to save our loved one.”
The Pleasant-living Neighborhood Project of KKU is held every year under the KKU CSV – Khon Kaen University creating social values for the community. This year the project is under the fiscal budget of 2023. The University’s first pillar is “People”. This means providing values to the community people. It is under the 4th strategy on Academic Service Transformation – lecturers, staff, and students have their duties to promote academic services for the community in accordance with the Social Dedication Policy. The academic service accents Creating Shared Value (CSV) through instilling and upgrading conscience of Khon Kaen people in giving services to the society, through application of the University’s strength and expertise of personnel and students, for solving community problems.
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