The poor state of public toilets in India

  • Jan 20 , 2017

Many people in India are afraid of using public toilets as using public toilets reminds people of hygiene problems. Women and children refuse to use the restrooms for anything apart from cleaning their hands, as they are most afraid of coming into contact with dangerous communicable diseases.

You can get the following diseases from the public toilet:

  • Gut infection: Faecal bacteria such as E, coli, staphylococcus and shigella are the most common germs present in the public toilets. Contamination by infected person’s faeces can transmit the infections. These bacteria can cause diseases such as diarrhea and stomach cramps, loose motion, abdominal infection and many others.
  • Skin and lung infections: The bacteria present in the public toilets can lead to contagious skin and throat infections. The staphylococcus bacteria can cause food poisoning, skin infections and pneumonia.
  • Viral infections: You will be surprised to know that you may even become a victim of the omnipresent common cold when you use the public toilet. While the common cold virus generally lives for a shorter period, few viruses such as influenza, norovirus, etc can survive for many days on the surfaces of the toilet.

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However, by following and adapting a few tips and hygienic measures you can keep these infections away from you:

  • Use of toilet seat covers: The toilet seat covers that are available in every public toilet are very thin and transparent. They are basically useful in warding off any harmful bacteria that have been left by the earlier occupant. If you want to increase the security, you may use the multiple seat covers to prevent yourself. In any case, the public toilets have no seat covers, so you can cover the seat with the toilet paper for protection.
  • Check for the toilet paper: One of the worst conditions anyone can possibly imagine is when dealing with the public toilet is when there is no water in the adjacent tap or bucket, and you don’t even have a roll of toilet paper. Always check for the toilet paper once you get into the public washroom.
  • Wash your hands correctly: The best way to fight bacteria and preventing catching some type of disease or any sickness is to wash your hands as best as possible.  Ensure yourself that you use as much as hands wash or soap and if possible hot water. You should scrub well both the sides of your hands and up to your wrists. It will take very less of your time, but ensure that you remain hygienic.

Cleaning of public toilets is very important and necessary. A dirty or unsanitary restroom can give rise to germs which can affect all, which in turn can cause different kinds of diseases. For this very reason, public toilets should be cleaned every day. Properly cleaned public toilets can prevent you from the infection and germs. Women are always more comfortable in using the cleaned, hygienic and sanitary toilets. Clean washrooms will make them feel safe and secure, and not make them uncomfortable in public areas.