Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Students in Health Professions

Siam University is one of a few private higher education institutions that offers degree programs in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. Despite the pandemic, number of enrolled students does not decrease indicating the good quality of education we provide. In 2021, the Office of Registration reported that there are 1,278 students enrolled in the above faculties as of September 22, 2021. The number of graduates in 2020 was 193 (15.96% of all gradates in that year).

Number of Students and Graduates in Health Profession

Faculty

2019

2020

2021*

Enroll

Graduate

Enroll

Graduate

Enroll

Graduate

 Nursing

483

98

500

123

491

N.A.

 Pharmacy

393

48

413

41

439

N.A.

 Medicine

290

39

297

29

318

N.A.

 Public Health

14

-

20

-

30

N.A.

 Total # students in health

1,180

185

1,230

193

1,278

N.A.

Total # enroll/graduate

7,757

1,275

7,862

1,209

8,031

N.A.

*As of September 22, 2021

 

Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Siam University in National Consulting Committee

After the Covid-19 outbreaks, Thailand was the first country to report a confirmed Covid-19 case, on 12 January 2020. The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, decided to appoint 5 prominent medical doctors to advise on how to respond to the situation. Professor Emeritus Dr.  Amorn Leelarasmi, who is Vice President of Siam University and also President of the Medical Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage, was one of them. The group advised the Government to announce the state of emergency on 26 March the same year.

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After national lockdown, the pandemic situation of Thailand was better for some time but then the second wave came. The Prime Minister decided to appoint another 14 well-recognized medical advisers to the National Covid-19 Center and Clinic Professor Suwat Benjaponpitak, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Siam University was appointed on May 5, 2021.

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Volunteers to Fight Covid-19

Vaccine Center and Field Hospital

Siam University and our alliances the - Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Bangkhae District, Phayatai Hospital, Board of Trade of Thailand and The Mall Shopping Center - set up a vaccination center at The Mall Bangkhae Shopping Center near our campus on May 25, 2021.  We hope that at the end of the year we can have the coverage of at least 70 percent of the population of Bangkok and the district. More than 100,000 doses were given to Siam University faculty members, staff, students and the public since. The 100,000th dose was provided on October 15,2021. In addition, our faculty members staff and students at the Faculty of Nursing also perform their duties at Thonburi Hospital, a field hospital in the Royal Thai Army Camp 11, and a hospital in Bangkok. These vaccine center, hospital and field hospitals need a large number of volunteers not only for medical services but also administrative work. During this difficult time, Siam University members have shown their high spirit in a time of need, ensuring that people had access to the vaccine.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Anutin Charnvirakul, visited SU Vaccination Center

 

SU Goodwill Project

Siam University intend to serve the “Good health and well-being” goal by utilizing our expertise in various fields of study. Needed information for prevention and curation of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as innovations for health and well-being of the society has been disseminated to the public. Our administrators and staff in the Faculty of Medicine have regularly been invited to national television and radio programs and organized webinars to provide needed information. Covid-19 innovations have also been donated to hospitals and communities. For instance, Faculty of Science produce alcohol hand sanitizer, Faculty of Engineering innovate Oxygen Highflow and other medical equipment including UV Sanitation Chamber. These products were donated to such organizations as Phranangklao Hospital, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) to give to the university hospital and field hospitals.

Health Services and Collaborations

Besides health services at the Vaccination Center, hospital, field hospital, and hospitel (hotel that is used as hospitals) as indicated earlier, Siam University has initiated many activities for SU family and the public. For instance, when the Government permitted educational institutions to considered semi-lock down, SU President held a “Big Cleaning Day” in every building and classroom of the campus in order to guarantee health safety for all. The event was undertaken on January 30, 2021 with many volunteers from our family.

 

Current Collaborations with Health Institutions

Siam University has been working with many hospitals. The Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine have collaborated with Thonburi Hospital and Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) which comprises 18 hospitals all over the country.  The Faculty of Pharmacy has a strong collaboration with many leading health institutions such as Police General Hospital, Phayathai lll Hospital, Thonburi Hospital, Taksin Hospital, Bumrungrad Hospital. At local level, the Faculty of Nursing collaborates with Tambon (Sub-district) Health Promotion Hospital in Nonthaburi and Samut Sakhon Provinces, Health centers, Somdet Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry, Mettapracharak Watraikhing Hospital, Health Service Center and the Nursing Division, Bangkok Metropolis Office. Internationally, the Faculty of Nursing has an academic agreement with Aomori Chuo Gakuin University, Japan.  Faculty of Pharmacy has signed MOU with University of Maryland School of Pharmacy for academic and student exchange while the Faculty of Medicine signed MOU with Belt and Road International Medical Education Alliance (BRIMEA), the People's Republic of China and JIEI-KAI Social Welfare Corporation and INAHO-KAI Social Medical Corporation, Fukuoka, Japan. This year a new collaboration has been formed. On September 6, 2021, we have renewed our agreement with Ministry of Public Health and Phranangklao Hospital, which has been our partner since 2016, to accept our pre-clinic students for professional practices. In addition, the Faculty of Medicine also has signed an MoU with the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, Ministry of Public Health and Ratchaburi Hospital on September 27, 2021. The partner will work on Thai Traditional Medicine Service including the production of Thai traditional doctors and research on Thai herbal medicine which will be beneficial to many SDGs (https://med.siam.edu/mec/).

Health Services and Outreach Programs

Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Engineering has worked with Ban Bang Khae Social Welfare Development Center for Older Persons, Department of Older Persons, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security since 2019. In addition, each year the Faculty of Medicine organizes activities for public on the occasion of Prince Mahidol Day. The theme on September 23, 2021 was “Siam Medical Doctors Care for Your Health – Fighting Covid-19”. This event attracted many people who seek for health services which included blood glucose and blood pressure measure, ATK test and advice on Home Isolation (HI), Community Insolation (CI) and Hospitel set up by Thonburi Hospital. In addition, the Faculty of Nursing trained their students with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to be prepared for medical care.

Osoth Siam Pharmacy, co-established in our campus by the Faculty of Pharmacy and the leading chain pharmacy in Thailand (Fascino), has provided services during this pandemic including help distribute free Self-test ATK from the National Health Security office (NHSO). Everyone, not only those who have registered for the Universal Health-care Coverage Scheme (UCS) of the Universal Health Insurance Office, can visit our drug store and our application for advice. Osoth Siam Pharmacy also organized activities in the “Pharmacy Day 2021” on June 26, 2021 to provide free advice about blood pressure, diabetes and how to quit smoking. To enhance health and well-being for all, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Osoth Siam has launched “Osotsiam SU”, a YouTube channel to disseminate knowledge about health and drug in addition to Facebook “ร้านยาโอสถสยาม”. The links are sent to pharmacists in public health centers and village health volunteers (VHV) in communities around our campus.

In late 2020-2021, the Faculty of Nursing has organized many free outreach programs. Besides providing free ATK test to SU family and the public, the faculty worked with Tambon Health Promoting Hospital in providing healthcare on obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with members of Nakornchoom, a low-income community in Ban Uer-atorn Project of the National Housing Authority at Amphoe Sampra, Nakorn Prathom. Other outreach programs included projects on prevention and promotion of health in the aging society, SKT meditation therapy for self-care, Cognicise for dementia prevention, and community mental health.

Health and Mental Health Support

Siam Universities recognizes that sound mind and sound body is imperatives. SU family and the public can use the facilities and services at our Health Center and medical center in our campus. Those seek for assistance will receive services from experts in a quiet, and comfortable atmosphere. In addition, the Covid-19 has caused anxiety and affected mental health of individual and community-at-large. In response to the situation, the Faculty of Nursing are very active in community mental health care. Examples of these activities are the projects using group counseling, food therapy to prevent depression in Wat Rachanakarit and Saphan Yaw communities.

Faculty of Nursing, Siam University organized depression prevention activities using meditation, exercise, and cooking in Wat Rachanakarit and Saphan Yaw communities.

Smoke-free Policy

Siam University set "smoke-free" policy as one of our priorities. At national level, we are selected as 1 of the 5 core universities for the campaign of Thailand Youth Institute (TYI), Thai Health Promotion Foundation and MHESI. The Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Pharmacy regularly give advice and disseminate knowledge about harmful of smoking, electric cigarettes and hold events on the annual “World No Tobacco Day” on May 31 of each year both within the campus and for school students.

      

Shared Sports Facilities

Siam University allows free access to sports facilities in the Sports Complex Center for charity events and school students. In addition, we provide outdoor basketball courts in the sports ground and the “Healthy Space and Learning Garden, Siam University” which welcome community members. However, the pandemic has obstructed full use of the facilities. Only few activities are allowed in the semi-lockdown period.