May 11, 2021 at Building 2 of KKU Library – Khon Kaen University led by Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of the University gave 3 Positive-Pressure TOT-KKU SWAB Test Boxes to representative of the Department of Medical Science: Mr. Wichai Prasatthong, Director of the 7th Medical Science Center Khon Kaen. Mrs. Wajana Changthong, a Senior Professional Associated Medical Officer. Among witnesses were Prof. Thidarat Boonmars, Ph.D., Vice President for Innovation and Enterprise of Khon Kaen University; Asst. Prof. Natthapat Ananteerakul, Assistant to the President for Education and Academic Services; Mr. Peerawat Ratanapongpian, Sales and Customer Service Manager, Northeast Region 1, National Telecom Public Company Limited; and Mr. Chalor Prasongdee, Khon Kaen Telephone, National Telecom Public Company Limited.
The ceremony began at 13:00 p.m., with Assoc. Prof. Suphat Seenawat, M.D., Director of Khon Kaen University Library conveying a reporting speech. In short, from the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 at present, all sectors, government and private, medical and public health organizations, even the library which is a learning resource, have to be aware of the importance of surveillance of the disease. This is done by dissemination and public relation of information related to self-practices to prevent the spread. Organizations have to provide tools, equipment and materials for prevention of the disease. However, with the present situation, procurement of the tools and equipment is rather difficult. It is necessary, therefore, to invent, develop, or modify new innovations on our own. With collaboration from the innovation and enterprise section, KKU Maker Space, KKU Library, and the , National Telecom Public Company Limited; the positive-pressure TOT-KKU SWAB test boxes have been developed by modifying the old-style telephone boxes donated by NT. These boxes will be used by the medical team to screen patients with COVID-19. They will answer the surveillance measures and help reduce the risk in the spreading of Covid-19 according to the standard set forth by the Department of Disease Prevention.
Assoc. Prof. Suphat Seenawat, M.D., Director of Khon Kaen University Library said that the KKU Maker Space team from KKU Library invented 9 positive-pressure TOT-KKU SWAB test boxes, 4 out of which were already given out: 1 to Srinagarind Hospital, 1 to Queen Sirikit Heart Center, and 2 to Department of Medical Science. Today, 3 more boxes were given to Department of Medical Science.
Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University said in the opening address that he was pleased to chair the meeting on this day. He realized so well the cooperation of all sectors in the surveillance and prevention of the disease, and the invention or modification of the new innovation for the medical staff to use in safely screening the patients with Covid-19. He would like to see more of these activities and the extension of usage.
At the end, the KKU Maker Space team from KKU Library demonstrated the details and use of the old telephone kiosks given by the National Telecom Public Company Limited. The boxes were installed with UVC light that can also sterilize at the same time as providing light, a ventilator with automatic on-off switch sensor, and wheels that enable easy moving. In addition, the door has been adjusted using the magnetic system. Inside, there is a tray for placing tools and utensils. The demonstration was done by Mrs. Wajana Changthong, a Senior Professional Associated Medical Officer the 7th Medical Science Center Khon Kaen.
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