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Vietnam sets up toilet association to raise hygiene awareness

Friday, November 09, 2018, 16:22 GMT+7
Vietnam sets up toilet association to raise hygiene awareness
A well-invested public restroom in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has established the Vietnam Toilet Association in response to the lack of clean and quality restrooms in the country, which has been greatly affecting people’s life quality.

With a shortage of clean and qualified restrooms, the Vietnamese government has decided to set up the Vietnam Toilet Association to tackle the issue.

The establishment was announced on Thursday by the Ministry of Home Affairs during a conference in Thu Dau Mot, the capital of the southern province of Binh Duong, where the association is headquartered.

The event also marked the beginning of the 2018-23 tenure for the association, which is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Despite being everyone’s basic need, restrooms in most public places in Vietnam are of poor quality and usually unacceptably dirty, and are thus detrimental to people's health.

Even toilets at places that require absolute cleanliness and hygiene like hospitals do not seem to meet the requirement and expectation of an adequate restroom.

Officials of the newly-founded Vietnam Toilet Association have conducted a field inspection across the country and found that almost no public restrooms at city halls or government offices meet the required standard in terms of hygiene and quality, association chairman Le Van Hiep said at the conference.

“This is mainly due to residents’ poor awareness when it comes to keeping hygiene at these facilities,” Hiep said.

The chairman added that diseases have spread from those unclean restrooms, causing infections and affecting the health and life quality of many people.

“Moreover, clean toilets at hospitals, schools, and other public places are also one of the criteria to a locality’s development, especially in the eyes of foreigners,” Hiep said, emphasizing the importance of clean public restrooms.

The Vietnam Toilet Association will first educate people to keep better hygiene at public restrooms, before moving on to build a series of standardized toilets for public use.

“This is not only a practical goal of utmost importance, but will also greatly benefit the community,” Hiep said.

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Ha My / Tuoi Tre News

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