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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 200  

Cleanness of the public restroom in a rural municipality, Thailand

Department of Public Health, Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Maung Surin District, Surin, Thailand

Date of Web Publication15-Oct-2014

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Wasana Kaewla
Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Maung Surin District, Surin Province 32000
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8229.142978

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Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Cleanness of the public restroom in a rural municipality, Thailand. J Fam Community Med 2014;21:200

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Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Cleanness of the public restroom in a rural municipality, Thailand. J Fam Community Med [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Jan 17];21:200. Available from:


Restroom is an important place in any house that the family use for toileting. The sanitation of the restroom is very important. Many diseases including diarrhea are related to poor restrooms. The great concern is usually on the public restroom. The contamination of bacteria [1] and helminthic parasites [2] can be seen. To understand the present situation of the restroom cleanness is a basic step for implementation of the plan for management of sanitation. [3] Here, the author reports a preliminary observation of the cleanness of the public restroom in a rural municipality, Maungsurin, Thailand. The studied area is a rural province, 450 km from Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Overall 73 public restrooms (in public yards, transportation terminal, market, etc.) were assessed by official standards of Department of Health, Thailand. Of interest, only five restrooms (6.6%) passed the standards. This implies the very high rate of non-standard public restroom in this area. The contaminated restroom can be a source of germ and spreading of several pathogens to the community is possible. [1] Several bacterial pathogens can be isolated from public restrooms. [4] In addition, the dirty restroom is also a source of contamination fear for general people and many women tried to avoid public restroom usage and can result in the problem of urinary tract infection. [5] Based on the present report, it is suggested that promotion of sanitation for the public restroom in the study area is required. In fact, cleanness of the public restroom is a big issue to be mentioned in rural medicine.

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This survey was performed with the help of the team of Master Degree student, Public Health Curriculum, Surin, Rajabhat University, Thailand.

   References Top

1.Mkrtchyan HV, Russell CA, Wang N, Cutler RR. Could public restrooms be an environment for bacterial resistomes? PLoS One 2013;8:e54223.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Aidar Sobrinho T, Coelho LM, de Oliveira SM, Martins Jde T, Rabello Júnior JA, de Oliveira CR, et al. Frequency of intestinal helminth eggs in public restrooms in Sorocaba, SP. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop 1995;28:33-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.O'Reilly K, Louis E. The toilet tripod: Understanding successful sanitation in rural India. Health Place 2014;29C: 43-51.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Potasman I, Oren A, Srugo I. Isolation of Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma hominis from public toilet bowls. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1999;20:66-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Olatunji BO, Armstrong T. Contamination fear and effects of disgust on distress in a public restroom. Emotion 2009;9:592-7.  Back to cited text no. 5


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