On December 26, 2017, Khon Kaen University held the 35th field co-practicum program of 2017. Assoc. Prof. Piansak Pakdee, Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relation and other university administrators made a visit at the site where over 540 students and lecturers work in Wiang Kao District, Khon Kaen.
Khon Kaen University’s field co-practicum program has the objectives to have students learn how to work with others and the communities where the people take part and learn the ways of living that are related to their health. Moreover, the students will practice planning and solving problems with the community through real practices. This was the 35th time the program had been organized and had been scheduled from December 21 thru 28, 2017 in Wiang Kao District, Khon Kaen.
Assoc. Prof. Piansak Pakdee, Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relation revealed that the field co-practicum program responds to the university’s ideal to dedicate itself to the society. It is the intention of KKU to train students to be a graduate that dedicates himself to the community, cares and works for the community. The students in the health science programs in particular, should acquire expertise to take care of the people in this region. Therefore, all students should be determined and use the knowledge learned from the university and experiences to apply in their future occupation as a return to the nation as well as upgrading the quality of life of people in the northeast.
Asst. Prof. Suchada Phaileeklee, Project Director related that 540 student joined the co-practicum program this year, including students from Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, College of Asian Scholars’ Faculty of Nursing, and students who took the course 000158 Community Life Styles and Community Learning of Office of General Education comprising students from Faculties of Associated Medical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition, there were 55 lecturers from the above faculties assigned as the village advisers. All through the 6 days, she was very pleased with the field practicum. All students were keen to do the activities for the community. They were able to wake up in the morning, exercise and perform public relation work through the village loudspeaker.
“Most of our students are from urban areas, but when they graduate and work their clients will mostly be people from rural areas. Therefore, learning rural life styles such as the ways of living, behaviors and health practices of the people will enable the students to understand their clients more. Moreover, when they are here, they learn to work with their friends and others and coordinate with the community in doing activities. Thus, this co-practicum program is very beneficial to the students, said Asst. Prof. Suchada.
The co-practicum this year was divided into 4 areas: Area 1 – Ban Nong Khu Group 7, Area 2 – Ban Pho Group 3, Ban Nong Tao Poon Groups 4 and 13, Area 3 – Ban Nong Kham Group 2 and Ban Nong Doo Group 12, and Area 4 – Ban Khok Sung Group 10 and Ban Non Sung Group 14.There were 17 projects: 1) Giving knowledge about and screening cholangiocarcinoma cases 2) Giving knowledge about sterilization and animal raising and care 3) Giving knowledge about diabetes and checking blood sugar 4) Health and hygiene project and eradication of mosquitoes to decrease dinghy fever incidence 5) Project to decrease cases of diarrhea 6) Giving knowledge about rabies 7) Environmental project - giving knowledge about separation of garbage and garbage recycle 8) Nice teeth nice smile project and correct tooth brushing for children 6-12 years 8) Muscle stretching project 9) Disadvantages from medicine set – villagers should see doctors 10) Garbage management and house-front competition 11) Herb project for eradicating mosquitoes 12) Village loud speaker to give knowledge to the people concerning their health care 13) Enzyme ionic plasma – with all households able to make the solution for household use 14) exercise project for the elderly 15) Safe community, safe from contagious diseases 16) Strong community, sage from chronic diseases such as diabetes, tuberculosis, hypertension 17) Healthy youth project – oral care and correct had washing for children 6-12 years.
Mr. Supasan Klinmalee, a 4th year student of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chair person of Area 1 revealed that before the program, the students collected both primary and secondary data and analyzed the community’s problems before finding solutions and setting the community service that is consistent with the real environment and mostly useful to the people.
“In this practicum, I’m impressed with the people in the community for they welcome us very well. Our friends also help in solving the problems and everyone adjusts themselves very quickly even though we had to adjust the preset plan. Sometimes our solution contradicts the theory; when we are in the area, there are limitations that we have to find the best way possible. So it is meaningful and valuable,” Supasan said.