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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146
Standards of toilet at food shops in Surin city, Municipality area, Thailand


Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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How to cite this article:
Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Standards of toilet at food shops in Surin city, Municipality area, Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2014;7:146

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Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Standards of toilet at food shops in Surin city, Municipality area, Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Mar 30];7:146. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2014/7/2/146/146443
Dear Sir,

Toilet is an important room for anyone for usage in daily activity. When one is not at home, the problem of toilet can be considered. The problem of toilet is strongly relating to the public health problem, and this can be a source of many infectious diseases. [1] Toilet at food shop should be seriously concerned and controlled. Since food shop is the place for sale of food and many people visit the shop each day, a good toilet is required. Here, the authors perform a field survey on toilet at food shops in Surin City Municipality area, Thailand. The study area is a big city in the northern region of Thailand. The survey was performed on the summer period of 2014. The basic standards of Thai Department of Health covering three main items; cleanness, accessibility, and safety were used as a guideline for the present survey. Overall 56 food shops in the area were surveyed. Focusing on the result, cleanness, accessibility, and safety standards can be accredited in 5 (8.9%), 11 (19.6%), and 27 (48.2%) shops, respectively. Of interest, it seems that the problem of cleanness is the major problem of toilet in food shops in our setting. In fact, the previous report showed a high prevalence of the parasitic egg in public toilets including those in food shops. [2] The consideration of sanitation in food shop is very important, and the toilet is a very important focus. [3]


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

 
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1.
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. 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.
Martiny H, Fissler J, Rüden H. Sanitary installations in restaurants from a hygienic and architectonic viewpoint. Offentl Gesundheitswes 1982;44:418-26.  Back to cited text no. 3
    

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Wasana Kaewla
Surin Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.146443

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